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Danny Espinosa only has a bone bruise and is hoping to return to action Wednesday

Sep 18, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

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Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa sounded pretty concerned when asked about his injured left shoulder on Sunday. But news comes this evening that the situation is not so dire.

Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that an MRI taken Monday on Espinosa’s shoulder revealed only a bone bruise and no hint of structural damge. He was given a cortisone shot and is aiming to return to the Nationals’ lineup for at least one half of Wednesday’s doubleheader with the Dodgers.

Espinosa is batting .250/.315/.407 with 16 home runs, 34 doubles, 19 stolen bases and 52 RBI through 603 plate appearances this season. Despite a National League-leading 174 strikeouts, the slick-fielding 25-year-old has played a significant role in the first-plate Nats’ 2012 success.

  1. natstowngreg - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    WHEW.

    A bone bruise is cause for concern. A bone bruise has hampered Michael Morse’s offensive production. But it could have been a lot worse.

    No guarantees, but we Nats fans can hope that a cortisone shot will allow Danny to play through the problem. As Ryan Zimmerman has played through his shoulder problem.

  2. tcostant - Sep 19, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    He is in the lineup for the the first game of today’s doubleheader.

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