Danny Espinosa Making Careful Climb Back Into Washington Nationals Lineup

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Danny Espinosa‘s struggles at the plate have been well-documented and recently given more explanation, with the Washington Nationals second baseman learning over Memorial Day weekend that he had been playing with a bone chip in his wrist. The injury stems from being hit in the wrist by an 88 mph pitch on April 14 and, after missing a little time to rest the ailment, Espinosa rejoined the Nats’ lineup as the No. 9 hitter in Tuesday’s 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

A key piece of the Nats’ young core, Espinosa’s early-season issues at the plate have become a primary storyline in the DC area this spring, with his batting average sitting at .166 and on-base percentage at a paltry .197. Wednesday night saw him lift that average, a little, in a 1-for-4 performance that also included a team-high three strikeouts.

Espinosa batted ninth in the order and started at second base, but Washington plans on handling this injury much more carefully than over the past month.

“We’ve already tried a couple times to rest it and get him back,” Nationals team physician Dr. Wiemi Douoguih told The Washington Post. “If it flares up again, we’re going to have to have a more extended period of rest. This is not like a surgical issue. This is something that needs rest.

“How much rest really depends on his body, how his body responds to the different stresses we put him through. If he’s able to go, he’s able to go. It’s something that might be sore for him for a while. We’re hoping that it clears up and it just doesn’t bother him.”

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