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Danny Espinosa to miss at least three games, undergo MRI exam for shoulder injury

Sep 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse

Danny Espinosa has played through left shoulder pain for the past week, but after going 0-for-11 with nine strikeouts in three games against the Braves over the weekend the Nationals have decided to give him some time off.

Espinosa, who played 144 of the first 146 games, will miss at least the next three games versus the Dodgers and could be sidelined for longer than that depending on what an MRI exam today reveals.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that Espinosa is so worried about the status of his shoulder that he asked Adam LaRoche if the symptoms resembled what the Nationals first baseman went through with a torn labrum that required surgery last year.

Espinosa has 16 homers and 19 steals this season, but his overall production is fairly mediocre (.250 batting average, .722 OPS) and basically matches his career marks (.240 batting average, .729 OPS). However, toss in stellar defense at second base and losing Espinosa would definitely hurt.

  1. kevinleaptrot - Sep 17, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    The Curse of the Strasburg Shutdown is beginning to manifest itself.

  2. natslady - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Danny’s been above average since the All-Star Break and his bat had been really hot for the last month (Aug 9 to Sept 8) = .309/.361/.500, and then we hear he’s been hurting for a week or more (in addition, his grandmother passed).

    We’ll be OK for the short team with Lombardozzi at 2B (his natural position). So, we are hoping it won’t be a surgery thing. Please!

  3. natslady - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    August 9 to September eighth (8th) is the period I ran the numbers. Not sure where the emoticon came from.

  4. pdowdy83 - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Espinosa was dreadful in the 1st half of the season so the fact that his numbers are merely mediocre on the season speaks about the large turn around he has had. Luckily for the Nationals, Steve Lombardozzi is a solid defender and he makes contact at a pretty good rate which is something a lot of the Nationals don’t do.

    Given the injury I wouldn’t be shocked if the Nationals call up Carlos Rivero from the AAA roster for more infield depth. He had a very solid season at AAA and has played multiple positions in the minors in his career.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      That could well happen. Losing Espinosa would deprive the Nats of both their starting 2B and backup SS.

  5. natstowngreg - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Adam Kilgore expresses concern about losing Espinosa for any extended period of time:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2012/09/17/nationals-wouldnt-be-the-same-without-danny-espinosa/

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