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Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa says he played with a torn rotator cuff in his left, non-throwing, shoulder late last season.
The switch-hitter decided not to have offseason surgery and instead rehab the injury. He spoke to reporters Saturday at a Nationals fan festival.
Espinosa was hurt when he dived for a ball in a game in early September. On Sept. 17, Espinosa got a cortisone shot to relieve the pain. The next day, he said he had a bone bruise in his shoulder socket.
He hit .247 with 17 homers, 56 RBIs and 189 strikeouts for the NL East champions in 2012. But over the team's last 20 regular-season games, Espinosa batted only .188. Then he was 1 for 15 in Washington's division series loss to St. Louis.
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The cortisone injections into his shoulder definitely helped. This much is clear when you realize Danny Espinosa played with a torn rotator cuff for the final few weeks of the 2012 season. Espinosa revealed the news during the Washington Nationals' Fan Fest yesterday.
According to Eric Detweiler of the Washington Post, Espinosa would not have played through the pain if...
Via Nats Insider, Drew Storen found out about the signing of Rafael Soriano on Twitter. Apparently Storen immediately called Tyler Clippardf:
"I just saw it on Twitter and I called him and I said, 'have you seen this?’ We were like, ‘what?’" (Drew Storen, via Nats Insider, 1/26/2013)
Both Storen and Clippard said all the right things yesterday at NatsFest...
So what if it was below freezing all day in DC on Saturday?
Up above, a photo of Bryce Harper standing in the cold on the corner of 7th and Mt. Vernon outside the Washington Convention Center after NatsFest. Jacket? No jacket. And yes, that's Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa all snug and warm in their beards and winter coats in front of the kid to the left and right.
The Nationals have decided to make Williams Taft, the 27th president of the United States, the fifth member of their mascot race team.
And so, after all the rumors, speculation, and passionate debate, the Nationals will name William Howard Taft as the next Racing President, as first reported by Dan Steinberg over at DC Sports Bog. Minutes later, the Nationals posted a follow on story, with additional details about "Bill", like, he has his own Twitter account: @NatsBigChief27. There's Taft at a Washington...
Jordan Zimmermann, who just completed his first full, non-innings-limit-shortened, season with the Washington Nationals since undergoing Tommy John surgery is looking to get a long-term extension in place. First, though, he wants to resolve his upcoming arbitration without the hearing preferably.
Amanda Comak of the Washington Times says negotiations between the team and Zimmermann...
The Washington Nationals' newest racing president may have to drop a few pounds to be competitive.
The team said Saturday that William Howard Taft will join George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt this season for the fourth-inning race by 12-foot mascots.
Taft was the portliest president at more than 300 pounds. He became the first president...
On Saturday, the Washington Nationals will officially introduce William Howard Taft, our country's 27th President, as the fifth member of their infamous Presidents' Race.He will join George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt in the exclusive fleet-footed club.The Nationals considered many presidential options, but Taft made the most sense...
Throughout the offseason, The Nats Blog will look back at every player’s 2012 season to summarize and analyze his performance, and we’ll look ahead to his possible role in 2013. We’ll go from #1 Steve Lombardozzi all the way to #63 Henry Rodriguez until Spring Training. Enjoy.
Owner of both the best beard and the highlighting moment of the Washington Nationals’ breakout...
When I found out I was going to have the opportunity to go to NatsFest, I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I had never attended an event like it before. But as an extremely enthusiastic Washington Nationals fan, something that seemed like a big party celebrating the Nats obviously had me interested.
From a fan’s perspective, it was a really cool experience, because besides...
The 27th President of the United States of America, and the only President to also be a Supreme Court Justice, is on his way back to Washington, DC. The Washington Nationals have selected Taft to become the 5th president of the organization’s mascot race. Unlike during his election in 1909, Taft was a long shot to grab the spot. The odds were 35-1 that he would be chosen to taken...
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper was known for his famous catchphrase during an interview last year, saying “That’s a clown question, bro.” On the TV show Jeopardy Friday night, the phrase was one of the categories for the show.
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