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Molina available, Escobar not

Published Apr. 28, 2013

C Jose Molina is available if needed today, manager Joe Maddon said, despite leaving Saturday's game with a right quad contusion after being hit by a pitch. Jose Lobaton is starting, and the Rays would prefer to give Molina until Tuesday to rest.

SS Yunel Escobar took ground balls early Sunday and was moving around okay, but the Rays are not convinced he is ready to return yet, having left Wednesday's game with tightness in his right hamsting.

Manager Joe Maddon said they are hoping that with Monday's off-day Escobar will be ready to go Tuesday, but that is not a sure thing.