Second baseman Danny Espinosa will likely miss only a game or two at most after he exited the Nationals’ 9-0 loss to the Braves on Sunday afternoon with a sore right wrist. Espinosa underwent X-rays during the game, and the tests revealed Espinosa had not suffered a broken bone or any other structural damage.
Manager Davey Johnson said Espinosa will “probably miss a game or two,” but the infielder hopes he can start Monday when the team plays at Miami.
“If I wake up in the morning and I’m feeling good, I’ll get in there,” Espinosa said.
In the second inning Sunday, Braves left-hander Paul Maholm hit Espinosa on the right wrist with an 88-mph fastball. He dropped the bat and shook his hand as he walked to first base.
“I wasn’t too happy when I got hit,” Espinosa said. “Hit in the hand, hit in the wrist, you can easily break something. When I first got hit I wasn’t thrilled about it. Relieved to find out that it’s just hopefully bruising and a lot of inflammation.”
The Nationals placed Wilson Ramos on the 15-day disabled list after he strained his left hamstring Saturday, adding another small slice of misfortune to the catcher’s string of setbacks and turning Kurt Suzuki from a part-time starter into a temporary stalwart.
The Nationals do not believe Ramos, who declined to comment Sunday morning, will miss more than the necessary 15 days with the strain.
“We don’t think it’s too serious, but it’s not something we want to push,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said. “It could linger on and may become a long-term issue for him. We’re thinking that once he gets off the DL, he should be ready to play for us.”
The Nationals summoned Jhonatan Solano from Class AAA Syracuse to serve as Suzuki’s backup.