Danny Espinosa. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images) Danny Espinosa. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

After starting 34 straight games, and 123 of the Nationals’ past 125 games, Ian Desmond has finally gotten a day off. Desmond has normally refused to take time off despite Manager Matt Williams’ encouraging, but Williams got decided it was time.

“I figured it would be good to give him [Thursday],” Williams said. “I definitely didn’t want him to miss the Giants series. Give him [Thursday] through the next six [games] with another off-day, through the following six and then we’ll see where we’re at after that.”

As a result, Danny Espinosa is starting at shortstop and Asdrubal Cabrera is starting at second. Cabrera played shortstop every day for the Indians the past five seasons before being traded to Washington on July. Williams said he wasn’t
“trying to upset the apple cart too much” so he kept Cabrera at second.

“Asdrubal is playing so well at second base we don’t want to all of sudden flip things,” Williams said. “Danny is a really good defender and he’s played short with this team before. He knows Gio from playing out there. Rather than trying to flip two guys, we decided to leave Asdrubal where he’s at and play Danny at short. He’s a really good shortstop anyway.”


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 3B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Wilson Ramos, C

6. Bryce Harper, LF

7. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B

8. Danny Espinosa, SS

9. Gio Gonzalez, SP



1. Ender Inciarte, CF

2. Cliff Pennington, SS

3. David Peralta, RF

4. Mark Trumbo, 1B

5. Aaron Hill, 2B

6. Jordan Pacheco, 3B

7. Alfredo Marte, LF

8. Tuffy Gosewisch, C

9. Wade Miley, SP