Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa has been playing with a fractured wrist for over a month but he is still planning to avoid the disabled list if at all possible. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Espinosa is aiming to be in the Nationals lineup on Tuesday or Wednesday if he makes it through a workout on Monday.
If Espinosa's wrist does not respond well even after sitting out since Wednesday, Kilgore suggests that a DL trip is likely for the middle infielder. Espinosa seems to be determined to manage the injury through rest alone rather than take the surgery option, although he apparently has acknowledged it as a possibility.
The initial X-ray on Espinosa's wrist after he was hit by a pitch in April revealed no break, and it was not until a second X-ray earlier this week that the problem was diagnosed. Kilgore also notes that Espinosa has been playing through an unrelated rotator cuff injury all season. Both problems would likely benefit from an extended period of rest, if not surgery, but Espinosa is obviously very reluctant to take that route.
Steve Lombardozzi has been the beneficiary with Espinosa out, starting all three games at second base over the weekend. The 24-year-old is a .263 hitter over 514 career at-bats but lacks both power and speed. Lombardozzi's poor OPS+ of 61 is still an upgrade over Espinosa's awful 34; how much of that is injury-based remains to be seen, but it is considerably lower than his mark of 97 over the previous 3 seasons.
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