The Washington Nationals still haven't been able to put together a sustained run of success this season. Part of the problem is underperforming, but part has been injuries. However, one injured player has chosen to play through his injury rather than let it heal 100 percent. Danny Espinosa was back in the Nats lineup last night despite a fractured wrist.
According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Espinosa was cleared by doctors to play yesterday. However, he was also told that if he let the wrist just rest for a few weeks, he would heal 100 percent. Espinosa said he didn't have that much time and elected to play through the pain.
“I thought if it was another week that would have been real productive, I probably would have taken one week,” Espinosa said. “But it’s not going to be one week. It’s going to be a good amount of time to get it recovered. I feel better. I don’t have the amount of pain I had.”
Espinosa has not been an especially great hitter, so hit return, healthy or not, may not do much to help the Nationals. In fact, last night they lost to the Baltimore Orioles 9-6. It was the Nationals' sixth loss in their last 10 games. Espinosa finished the night 1-for-4 with three strikeouts.
So far this season, the 26-year old Espinosa is hitting a putrid .163/.196/.291. In his career, he is a .232/.304/.399 hitter. Espinosa finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting back in 2011. That was perhaps his best season, and he still only hit .236 that year. His return and his decision to play through pain may be inspirational, but it likely won't matter much offensively unless his teammates start playing better.
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