Escobar will take grounders at short, second

Alcides Escobar was optioned to Triple-A Nashville this evening but he was feeling good about his camp, and about his chances of breaking back into the big leagues at some point this season.

To that end, the slick-fielding shortstop will take ground balls at short and at second base during his time in Nashville, a move to make him as versatile as possible in case an injury creates a need in Milwaukee. He once again declared himself ready for the Majors on Wednesday.

“I’m happy that I got all of Spring Training with the team,” Escobar said. “I’m going to be ready if something happens to a [Brewers] player.

“They’re sending me to Triple-A to play every day and work on my strike-zone [judgment], and I’m going to do that. I’m ready to play in the big leagues. I’m ready. But right now, J.J. Hardy is the shortstop.”

The Brewers were able to option Escobar because Craig Counsell, Hardy’s backup, has chosen to forgo surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. Counsell tested the joint in five straight games with no limitations. As long as he can tolerate the pain, he’ll continue to play. 

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