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Jays’ Escobar out vs. Oakland due to bad back

Toronto Blue Jays Yunel Escobar hits a single against the Oakland Athletics during ninth inning action in Toronto on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

Aaron Vincent Elkaim/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was a late scratch from Wednesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics.

While trade deadline enthusiasts will believe that Escobar's absence means there is a big deal in the works the Blue Jays said it is nothing more than a bad back.

Escobar was replaced in the starting lineup by veteran Omar Vizquel, who will bat eighth in the order.

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