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Injured outfielder Alex Escobar (shoulder, ankle) ran hard around the bases during a pregame workout yesterday and said he’s close to returning.

Escobar, a supremely talented but oft-injured player who has been on the disabled list all season, likely will resume a minor league rehab assignment within the next week and could be ready to come off the DL after the All-Star break.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment the whole year,” he said. “I feel like I’m finally getting there. It’s a good feeling.”

When healthy, Escobar figures to work his way into Washington’s starting lineup, either in left or center field.