Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/22/14

Washington Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa underwent an MRI this afternoon to determine the extent of his shoulder injury.  While he will be out for at least the club’s next three games, the Nationals could be without Espinosa for the remainder of the year, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

The Nationals are reviewing the results from an MRI of Danny Espinosa’s left shoulder to determine their next course of action.  In the best-case scenario, one team official said, Espinosa would receive a cortisone shot, miss a few games and play through the fall with some pain. In the worst-case scenario, the shoulder injury would require a more serious step, and Espinosa would miss a significant chunk of the remainder of the Nationals’ season, if not all of it.

Espinosa had been playing through shoulder pain for the past week before removing himself from last night’s contest.  The 23-year-old has spent a majority of the season manning second base for the Nationals, hitting at a clip of .250/.315/.407 with 34 doubles, 16 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 25 attempts.
If Espinosa is forced to miss significant time, the Nationals will have to proceed with backup Steve Lombardozzi.  The 23-year-old has hit .279/.323/.355 with 21 extra-base hits over 366 at-bats for Washington this season.
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