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Danny Espinosa has been playing with a broken wrist since April

May 24, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

Since that series against the Braves, specifically. The one in which he said he wasn’t impressed by them. Guess he meant it, because one of the Braves pitchers broke his friggin’ wrist and he apparently didn’t take notice of it:

He has bone chips, apparently, and the team is not going to DL him. He will get some time off, however.

It has clearly affected him. He missed a few days after that April 14th game, but since coming back on April 20 he has hit .158/.181/.267.  Or maybe that’s just the messed up shoulder he has been knowingly playing with all year.  Guy is a mess, yet he’s still played in 39 of the Nats’ 47 games.

No, Kirk Gibson and Kevin Towers. You can’t have him, no matter how much you beg.

  1. goskinsvt - May 24, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Espinosa has never been a great (or even good) hitter, but the falloff this year was noticeable. This explains a lot. How do you not DL him though?

    • goskinsvt - May 24, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      I see..

  2. josemartez - May 24, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Grit.

    • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      May I correct that to TRUE GRIT?

      • historiophiliac - May 24, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        Not his best work.

  3. natslady - May 24, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    How clearly did it affect him? He was hitting .175 on April 14, now he is at .163. Yeah, you can totally see that dramatic drop off since the HBP. /sarcasm off

    • natslady - May 24, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      And he just had a hit on Sunday. Poor kid, probably only finished celebrating it this morning. I like Danny, get well soon!

  4. flamethrower101 - May 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Morons. Morons everywhere. First and foremost Espinosa for playing through a serious injury like that and seemingly not recognizing that it may have been affecting him. He’s been atrocious at the plate all year and he screwed the Nats out of a month or so of halfway-decent production had he taken care of it sooner.

    Also to the Nats: way to take care of your players. Surprised it took this long for something like this to come up. I would’ve imagined that maybe a couple of weeks ago when it was still relatively early the Nats could’ve sat down with him and at least asked “Are you healthy?” If the answer was yes (which we now know it’s not) then they could’ve either benched him or optioned him. Instead they let him play it out and the fact that he did not have a worse injury is baffling.

    Both parties screwed up here and it makes my blood boil when clubs take a non-chalant approach when something like this happens. If I were Mike Rizzo I would’ve suspended Espinosa’s ass for insubordination. His failure to notify them that he was hurt especially after his lack of offensive production has been so vastly magnified has contributed to the hole they are in right now.

    • Kevin Gillman - May 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      It’s not that easy to option someone, especially if he has no options left.

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