The Washington Nationals today placed outfielder Alex Escobar on the 15-Day Disabled List with a right shoulder separation and purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Kevin Gryboski from New Orleans of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Nationals Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcement.
Gryboski begins his second stint with Washington this season. In four appearances with the Nationals in July, Gryboski posted a 13.50 ERA (4 ER/2.2 IP). The 32 year-old Gryboski is 12-8 with 44 holds, two saves and a 3.89 ERA (78 ER/180.1 IP) in 236 games spanning five seasons with Washington, Texas and Atlanta. He was 4-6 with seven saves and a 3.71 ERA in 52 appearances with New Orleans, where he worked scoreless relief in nine of his final 11 appearances.
Escobar, who injured his right shoulder while sliding back into first base in Friday's 7-6 win at Turner Field, hit .356 (31-for-87) with three doubles, two triples, four home runs and 18 RBI in 33 games for Washington this season. He posted eight hits in his final 14 at-bats prior to sustaining the injury.