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Nationals likely to leave Danny Espinosa in the minors

Aug 22, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Opening Day second baseman Danny Espinosa has become a forgotten man since the Nationals demoted him to Triple-A in mid-June and it sounds like he won’t be returning to the majors this season.

Rosters expanding on September 1 would make it easy for the Nationals to call Espinosa back up, but manager Davey Johnson indicated to James Wagner of the Washington Post that the team’s September call-ups will be young players.

Espinosa is 26 years old, with four seasons of experience in the majors, although if he were performing decently at Triple-A it would probably be a different story. Instead he’s hit just .202 with two homers and a .544 OPS in 64 games for Syracuse after hitting .158 in 44 games for the Nationals and his horrendous 88/17 K/BB ratio shows what a mess Espinosa has become.

Given that Anthony Rendon now seems entrenched as the Nationals’ starting second baseman trading Espinosa this offseason would make all kinds of sense, although at this point who knows if he even has any value.

  1. emdash01 - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Hopefully now that he’s not being called up, he’ll get the rotator cuff surgery he’s needed all season. Completely, utterly baffling the Nats let him play with that injury as long as they did.

  2. hasbeen5 - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    But is he impressed with the Braves yet?

    • gmagic9044 - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      The Gwinnett Braves…

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        He’s certainly not impressed with the Nationals front office.

  3. baseballici0us - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Here’s a perfect example of a guy who might benefit from a change in scenery, perhaps someone to teach him a different approach…no doubt the potential is there.

  4. earpaniac - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    What the hell happened to this guy?!

    • jaguar0413 - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      He has a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. He’s had it since last September. Dude just needs to have the surgery and get healthy.

      Before he hurt it last year, he was tearing it up all throughout the end of July and August. It looked like he was turning a corner offensively.

      I have no idea why the Nats’ front office didn’t push harder for him to just have surgery and get healthy.

      • Arods Other Doctor - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        He’s not impressed with surgery.

  5. natslady - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    This makes me almost as sad as the 2013 season. Was a big Danny Espinosa fan, loved his D, his intensity… Lot of people (coaches, Davey) tried to “fix” him. Maybe it is injuries, wrist, shoulder. Maybe it is his famous stubbornness. Maybe baseball is a hard game.

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