Nationals Journal: Danny Espinosa


Posted at 11:05 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Nationals welcome back a calm, cool Danny Espinosa

Danny Espinosa ended a miserable 2013 in the minors, but he’s off to a red-hot start in 2014.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:05 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 03/22/2014

Danny Espinosa validates new approach with two homers

Danny Espinosa had been pleased with his tamer swing all spring, and Saturday he received results.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:40 PM ET, 03/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014

Danny Espinosa feeling good about his new approach

The infielder’s numbers don’t jump out, but he’s impressed coaches and satisfied himself with an improved approach.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danny Espinosa, Morning Brusback

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 03/08/2014

Ross Detwiler’s pitch selection, Danny Espinosa’s baserunning -- and other notes

The left-handed pitcher is trying to build confidence in his secondary pitches this spring.

By James Wagner  |  06:33 PM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:04 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Danny Espinosa takes a relaxed approach, plus other notes

Also, Jordan Zimmermann fired three scoreless innings in his second start of the spring.

By James Wagner  |  12:04 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danny Espinosa, Jordan Zimmermann, Ross Ohlendorf

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 03/05/2014

Matt Williams unconcerned with Danny Espinosa’s slow start

The infielder is competing for the second base job but is 0 for 10 through his first four games.

By James Wagner  |  01:43 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 03/02/2014

Ryan Zimmerman taking grounders at first, Anthony Rendon’s positions -- and other updates

Zimmerman has been taking grounders at first in preparation for possible playing time at first during spring and regular season.

By James Wagner  |  01:10 PM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa, Ryan Zimmerman

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 02/23/2014

The Nationals are giving Danny Espinosa a raise

After Danny Espinosa narrowly missed a bigger pay day last season, the Nationals gave him a small, good-faith raise.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:25 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Danny Espinosa getting plenty of time at shortstop

Though he’s competing to start at second base, Danny Espinosa spent most of the Nationals’ first practice at shortstop.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:08 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 02/16/2014

Matt Williams to Danny Espinosa: Relax and play

While opening competition for second base, Matt Williams has connected with embattled infielder Danny Espinosa.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:06 PM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 01/25/2014

Danny Espinosa says he will compete for starting job

After a broken wrist was misdiagnosed last year, Danny Espinosa believes he will earn back his starting job this season.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:27 PM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Mike Rizzo expects Danny Espinosa to be the Nationals’ backup infielder

The Nationals are determined to not sell low on Danny Espinosa, who they believe will be their backup infielder.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:24 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Robinson Cano still an option for the Nationals? On the second base situation

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo is coy about Cano but says Anthony Rendon will open spring training as starting second baseman.

By James Wagner  |  01:58 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa, Robinson Cano, second base

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 11/14/2013

On Danny Espinosa’s torn rotator cuff

There is precedent to playing with a torn rotator cuff and rehabbing it. An outside expert offers some insight.

By James Wagner  |  08:19 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:14 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Zach Walters, four others called up by the Nationals

The 23-year-old switch-hitting infielder hit a career-high 29 home runs this season with Class AAA Syracuse.

By James Wagner  |  08:14 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danny Espinosa, davey johnson, September call-ups, Zach Walters

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 08/31/2013

Danny Espinosa will not be one of the Nationals’ September call-ups

GM Mike Rizzo has told the talented but struggling infielder that his season will end in Class AAA Syracuse this weekend, casting a shadow over his future with the organization.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:16 PM ET, 08/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danny Espinosa, Nationals call-ups, Nationals roster, September call-ups

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 08/30/2013

Danny Espinosa unlikely to be included in Nationals’ September call-ups

The Nationals will call up three pitchers and four or five position players, but Danny Espinosa is unlikely to be included.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:32 PM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Scott Boras on Danny Espinosa, his health and struggles

Espinosa's agent talks about the infielder's injuries and struggles.

By James Wagner  |  07:08 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:54 PM ET, 08/21/2013

Danny Espinosa unlikely to get a September call-up

Nationals Manager Davey Johnson is looking at platooning some positions and getting younger players more playing time.

By James Wagner  |  08:54 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danny Espinosa, Tyler Moore

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 08/02/2013

Danny Espinosa tweaks swing, continues to grind at Syracuse

The infielder is hitting .200 after nearly six weeks back in the minor leagues with a shortened swing and new hitting approach.

By James Wagner  |  07:01 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danny Espinosa, Morning Brushback

Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 07/20/2013

Mike Rizzo withholding judgment on Danny Espinosa's hot streak

Mike Rizzo did not seem in any kind of rush to bring Danny Espinosa back to the majors after a recent surge.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:20 PM ET, 07/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 07/16/2013

Scott Boras wants to talk with Mike Rizzo about Danny Espinosa

As Danny Espinosa improves, his future with the Nationals becomes less clear -- and his agent wants to know what comes next.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:39 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 07/14/2013

Danny Espinosa snaps slump at Syracuse

The infielder has snapped out of a vicious slump with a hot stretch.

By James Wagner  |  08:01 AM ET, 07/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Nationals option Danny Espinosa to Class AAA

Washington options Danny Espinosa to the minors, an expected move that marks a stark fall for a one-time foundational piece of the franchise.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:03 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 06/19/2013

Danny Espinosa embracing return to minors, rediscovering old swing

After less than a week with the Nats' triple-A affiliate, the second baseman is coming around to the decision to send him back to the minors.

By Rick Maese  |  11:15 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Updates on Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos, Danny Espinosa

Harper will test out left knee next week and was comfortable with a cortisone shot, despite initial reservations.

By James Wagner  |  07:39 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Danny Espinosa to begin rehab at Syracuse

The second baseman is expected to begin his minor league rehab assignment on Thursday.

By James Wagner  |  09:25 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:57 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Danny Espinosa receives cortisone shot

The Nationals second baseman is undergoing medical examinations before his treatment is determined.

By James Wagner  |  08:57 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Danny Espinosa 'finally' placed on disabled list, Anthony Rendon to take over at second base

The Nationals decided they could no longer tolerate Danny Espinosa playing through pain and turned to Anthony Rendon at second base.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:02 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Nationals DFA Henry Rodriguez, Zach Duke; Danny Espinosa to the DL

Washington designates Henry Rodriguez and Zach Duke for assignment, places Danny Espinosa on the disabled list and makes other changes to the roster.

By Adam Kilgore and James Wagner  |  04:26 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa, Henry Rodriguez, Nationals roster, Zach Duke

Posted at 07:38 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Jayson Werth not expected to join team in Atlanta; Davey Johnson monitoring Danny Espinosa

The outfielder is expected to play at least two more games in Potomac while recovering from a hamstring strain.

By James Wagner  |  07:38 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Danny Espinosa still playing through fractured wrist as Steve Lombardozzi heads back to the bench

Danny Espinosa could have sat out another several weeks to let his fractured wrist fully heal, but he chose to play through pain.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:59 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 05/28/2013

Barring setbacks, Danny Espinosa targeting Wednesday return

The second baseman tested his fractured right wrist on Monday and Tuesday and felt fine, the inflammation diminished.

By James Wagner  |  06:41 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 05/26/2013

Danny Espinosa hopeful he can return this week

Danny Espinosa will test his fractured wrist tomorrow and hopes three days of rest will allow him to return next week.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:42 PM ET, 05/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Danny Espinosa has been playing with a fractured wrist (updated)

The Nationals second baseman will rest for the next few days.

By James Wagner  |  05:50 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 05/21/2013

The Nationals are still trying to get Danny Espinosa right

The process of putting Danny Espinosa back together again continued Monday night at AT

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:25 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 05/19/2013

Mike Rizzo: Danny Espinosa is 'the guy we want out there'

Mike Rizzo believes Danny Espinosa remains the Nationals' long-term solution at second base, even after a rocky start.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:33 PM ET, 05/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Danny Espinosa, still searching for rhythm at plate, gets a night off

Steve Lombardozzi starts instead of Espinosa, who is likely to sit the final two games of the Braves series.

By James Wagner  |  07:06 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danny Espinosa, Steve Lombardozzi

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Danny Espinosa's maintenance of his shoulder, approach at the plate

The Nationals second baseman has felt better at the plate than his numbers would suggest, although Davey Johnson appears to want to rest him.

By James Wagner  |  12:51 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:52 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Ryan Zimmerman takes the cautious route, Danny Espinosa gets an unwanted benching

Ryan Zimmerman isn't taking any chances after a cramp in his hamstring, while Danny Espinosa had expected to play after missing three games already.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:52 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Harper returns to lineup; Span, Espinosa still out

Harper returned to the lineup Wednesday, but Espinosa (wrist) and Span (flu) were held out although they're improving.

By James Wagner  |  07:30 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, Danny Espinosa, denard span

Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Danny Espinosa likely to return Friday against the Mets

The Nationals second baseman hasn't played since Sunday after being hit by a pitch in his right hand and wrist.

By James Wagner  |  07:26 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Danny Espinosa's hand, wrist stiff; he hopes for Wednesday return

The Nationals' second baseman is day-to-day but hopes to be back for the series finale on Wednesday.

By James Wagner  |  06:32 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 04/14/2013

Danny Espinosa hopeful he can play tomorrow after X-rays come back negative

Danny Espinosa left today's game in the fourth inning, but after tests revealed he didn't break any bones he hopes to return tomorrow.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:58 PM ET, 04/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Danny Espinosa's new attitude, Ian Desmond's hot streak lift the Nationals

The bottom half of the Nationals lineup carried them to a second straight victory, namely Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:15 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Danny Espinosa getting results from new approach; Henry Rodriguez shaky; etc.

Danny Espinosa has focused on hitting sharp groundballs, and the results have carried over from batting practice.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:15 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Nats confident in Danny Espinosa's shoulder; other notes

Both General Manager Mike Rizzo and Manager Davey Johnson believe the second baseman can play through the torn, but rehabilited, rotator cuff without an issue.

By James Wagner  |  05:48 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danny Espinosa, Henry Rodriguez, Jayson Werth

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Danny Espinosa pulls out of World Baseball Classic, confident in shoulder

Confident in his shoulder despite playing through a torn rotator cuff, Danny Espinosa will not play in the World Baseball Classic.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:31 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 01/26/2013

Danny Espinosa says he played with torn rotator cuff

The Nationals' second baseman, who suffered the injury late last season, opted against surgery and does not expect to be limited in spring training.

By Eric Detweiler  |  03:22 PM ET, 01/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:59 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Davey Johnson reiterates confidence in Danny Espinosa

The manager still believes strongly in the second baseman and says it is his position to lose next season.

By James Wagner  |  07:59 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 PM ET, 12/02/2012

Could the Nationals trade Danny Espinosa?

It would be hard to part with him, but the Nationals may be willing to discuss trading Danny Espinosa in order to land an elite starting pitcher.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:05 PM ET, 12/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 09/26/2012

Danny Espinosa healthy, off after Davey Johnson saw him ‘pressing’

Davey Johnson thought he has seen Danny Espinosa swinging too hard lately and wanted to give him a day off, but it had nothing to do with his ailing shoulder.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:34 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Danny Espinosa on left shoulder MRI: ‘Best news that we could have gotten’

After fearing he would need shoulder surgery, Danny Espinosa could return to the Nationals' lineup as early as tomorrow.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:33 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Nationals wouldn’t be the same without Danny Espinosa

Results from Espinosa's MRI aren't back yet, but losing him for any significant amount of time would be a blow to the Nationals’ chances in the postseason.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:51 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 09/17/2012

Danny Espinosa to receive MRI exam on left shoulder, likely to miss at least three games

Espinosa will receive an MRI on Monday afternoon on his left shoulder, which has bothered him for the past week.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:06 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Danny Espinosa key to the Nationals’ offensive outburst

Danny Espinosa has put his first half behind him and become one of the top two-way second basemen in the league.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:34 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Danny Espinosa isn’t hitting the ball because he can’t see it

Danny Espinosa’s strikeout totals are soaring, but he’s not concerned because he can’t see the ball well in spring training home games.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:34 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Danny Espinosa will play some shortstop this spring, but don’t jump to any conclusions

Danny Espinosa will play shortstop a few games this spring, but only in case Ian Desmond gets hurt.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:59 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals