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Nationals activate Danny Espinosa from the DL … and send him to the minors

Jun 19, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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Danny Espinosa is recovered enough from his wrist injury to be activated from the disabled list, but the second baseman was so bad before being shut down and so bad during his rehab assignment that the Nationals have decided to option him to Triple-A.

Anthony Rendon hitting .338 filling in for Espinosa at second base no doubt played a big part too, but Espinosa was 2-for-17 with 10 strikeouts in six rehab games and hit .158 in 44 games for the Nationals before the DL stint.

Espinosa has talked about liking to work with Triple-A hitting coach Troy Gingrich, who has him studying lots of video of his swing, but unless the Nationals decide that Rendon can’t hack it defensively at second base it could be tough for Espinosa to re-enter their plans.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Perhaps before he ran his mouth earlier this season about his Nats he should’ve been more focused on his health and playing ability. I can’t imagine it’s fun to play with a tear in your rotator cuff or a broken wrist for that matter. But had he been smarter about it and gotten it taken care of when the injuries happened he wouldn’t be in this situation, and hey, maybe the Nats would be in a better position in the NL East.

  2. valarmorghuliss - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    He was doomed the second the Nats drafted Rendon and extended Zims contract.

  3. jwbiii - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    It seems that Mike Rizzo is not impressed.

  4. yahmule - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    The Nats should have never allowed him to try and play through the rotator cuff injury. Athletes won’t always make the smart decision and most of them will try to play through anything they can tolerate.

  5. sumerduckman - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    He’s always been a good defensive second baseman, just has problems hitting the ball.

    Mr. Gingrich should advise him to drop the switch hitting, and just work from the right side. Don’t try and do too much.

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