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Danny Espinosa “nervous” about being demoted to minors

May 4, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse

Danny Espinosa has been the Nationals’ starting second baseman since late 2010, playing 210 games since then, but a slow start this season has the 25-year-old worried about a demotion to the minors.

Espinosa has hit just .182 with a league-leading 32 strikeouts in 24 games, which is abysmal production even for the modest standards he set last season, and manager Davey Johnson has moved him to the sixth spot in the batting order after using him mostly as a No. 2 hitter previously.

Espinosa told James Wagner of the Washington Post that he was “nervous” about a demotion, but then Johnson took him aside during batting practice yesterday to give him some encouragement.

Of course, there’s also no indication that Johnson and the Nationals have ruled out demoting Espinosa if he continues to struggle and it’s worth noting that those struggles actually date back to last season when he followed up a strong first half by hitting just .227 after the All-Star break.

  1. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    He should be. These guys get paid to perform under pressure( sounds like a male pornstar doesnt it).

  2. RedHeadedBastard - May 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    As a Nats fan, I feel he should be demoted back to t-ball so he can learn how to hit and not strike out.

  3. ezthinking - May 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    The team should alleviate his concerns and send him down. It has helped many players before him.

  4. JB (the original) - May 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Trade ya for Nishioka…….

  5. kelsocarpenter - May 4, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Espinosa is one of the better defensive second basemen in the league, but his bat is certainly struggling. Once Zimmerman rejoins the active roster, I say move Steve Lombardozzi over to second and let Danny spend some time in the minors. The middle infield will get even more complicated when Anthony Rendon is ready…

    • someguyinva - May 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      I agree with you about Rendon, but I don’t think that’s a problem the Nats will have to worry about this year. He’s been hurt (broken ankle) since the first weekend of his A ball season, and I’m not sure when he’s coming back.

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