Escobar, 34, batted .304 in 132 games for the Angels in 2016, and is expected to once again be the club's leadoff hitter this season. Jefry Marte started at third in place of Escobar against the Rockies and went hitless in two at-bats.
• Left fielder Cameron Maybin, who missed four games while attending his grandfather's funeral earlier this week, returned to the Angels lineup Saturday and finished 2-for-3 with a double to right field, a stolen base and a run scored, snapping his 0-for-20 start to the spring.
"I really liked the two-strike hit he got to right field because that's what he did all of last year," Scioscia said. "He used the whole field, and that's the swing he's got to acquire in the next 25-30 at-bats here in the spring. He'll get it. He'll be ready."
• Right-hander Ricky Nolasco yielded three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four over five innings in a Minor League start against the Rockies on Saturday. The Angels are having many of their top starters pitch in Minor League games to elevate their pitch counts in more controlled settings.
• The Angels optioned right-hander Keynan Middleton to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday and now have 51 active players in Major League camp. Middleton, ranked the Angels' No. 5 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, allowed six runs over seven innings in seven Cactus League outings this spring.
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.