Danny Espinosa likely to return Friday against the Mets

(Evan Vucci / AP)

(Evan Vucci / AP)

Danny Espinosa’s sore right hand and wrist were ifeeling better Tuesday afternoon, but he still sported a large bruise across the middle of his forearm. Although Espinosa hoped to return to game action Wednesday, the series finale against the Marlins in Miami, Manager Davey Johnson suggested that the second baseman’s likely return will be Friday against the Mets in New York.

“He was in there getting treatment trying to keep the swelling down in his right wrist or forearm and then he was trying to get a lot of the blood out of there because it bled quite a bit,” Johnson said. “I know he was shooting, trying to be ready to play [Wednesday]. But I think more likely, with the day off [Thursday], maybe Friday.”

Espionsa has been receiving treatment on his hand, arm and forearm since he was hit by Atlanta Braves left-handed Paul Maholm in the second inning of Sunday’s game. He hasn’t played since leaving in the fourth inning of that game.

Espinosa was icing his wrist and forearm Tuesday afternoon. The swelling appeared to be less, but still visible in his hand. But he sported a large purple bruise across the back of his forearm, just below his wrist. X-rays test results during Sunday’s game were negative. Overall, he said, “it’s better than before.”

Steve Lombardozzi will continue to start at second base in his place.

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