More from the Nationals' eventful 16-4 win over the Rays Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
"It’s why I’ve been working out in left and first, to get in the lineup. Be in there and try to help the team win."
Espinosa has started 505 major league games at either second or shortstop. Saturday is his first-ever at first base.
And other notes on Blake Treinen, Gio Gonzales and Michael A. Taylor.
"We feel comfortable throwing him out there. He can handle it."
Espinosa had never played the outfield in his professional career until Sunday.
His .863 OPS is third-best in the majors among second baseman with at least 100 plate appearances.
Espinosa continues to hit well left-handed, and hit two more home runs from that side Friday night.
So far this season, Espinosa is 5 for 17 with two home runs, five walks and only three strikeouts hitting left-handed.
Zimmerman needed two hits to get one on Sunday, and Danny Espinosa has needed little time to adjust to playing third base.