Danny Espinosa received a cortisone shot in his fractured right wrist, Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said. Espinosa will rest for four to five days, he said. Espinosa also received an MRI that included a dye injection in his left shoulder which suffered a torn rotator cuff late last season.
Espinosa landed on the disabled list on Tuesday after playing for nearly six weeks with the injured wrist, which was hurt on April 14 with a pitch. After rehabbing his injured left shoulder this winter, Espinosa insisted it felt fine and wasn’t affecting his hitting. But his performance at the plate suggested he had perhaps been compromised. He is hitting .158/.193/.272, and in a sign that he had lost his power, he had zero extra-base hits in his past 58 plate appearances.
The Nationals said Espinosa’s stint on the disabled list would be a chance to both heal him and help fix his struggles at the plate. Espinosa visited a hand specialist on Wednesday and received MRIs on both his wrist and shoulder, General Manager Mike Rizzo said on Wednesday. But the Nationals are awaiting a full medical examination of Espinosa before deciding how best to treat his lingering injuries.