Escobar's games-played streak ends at 421
6:19 PM ET
ESPN News Services
It’s the first game he missed since Sept. 25, 2015, when Royals manager Ned Yost rested several starters against the Cleveland Indians after his team clinched the AL Central title the night before.
With Escobar sitting, the San Diego Padres‘ Freddy Galvis holds the longest active consecutive games streak. He has played in 255 straight, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Atlanta Braves‘ Freddie Freeman is next on the list with 98 consecutive games played.
Escobar, an All-Star in 2015, has struggled at the plate, hitting just .194 with three home runs and 19 RBIs.
“I was proud about this streak, 421 straight games, that’s not easy,” Escobar said. “I feel so happy I made that. I understand the situation right now. The team is looking for something different. Ned told me yesterday you have an off-day [Sunday]. I said I don’t have any problems, do whatever you want.”