News: Kelvim Escobar Can't Grip a Baseball

According to Adam Rubin of the Daily News, Johan Santana said he recently played catch with Kelvim Escobar, and reports Escobar is unable to grip a baseball are not true.

Original Post at 11:35 am:

Yesterday, in a post to the New York Times, David Waldstein said Escobar felt some discomfort in his right shoulder, while working out in advance of reporting to Tradition Field.

Today, Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports says, according to a source, “Escobar isn’t even able to grip a baseball right now, and there are concerns that he’s seriously injured.”

Escobar had surgery on his shoulder in 2007.

He missed all of 2008 and pitched only five innings last year for the Angels.

According to, Escobar will make $1.25 million in base salary next season, in addition to a $125,000 bonus if he makes the Opening Day roster. Escobar can also receive up to $2 million in incentives based on games pitched, and an extra $1 million based on games finished.