Jan 26, 2013, 9:46 PM EST
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Danny Espinosa played the second half of last season with left shoulder pain.
Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa revealed today he played the final month of last season with a torn left rotator cuff and that he’ll attempt to play through this season without repairing the tear through surgery.
Espinosa, who played through pain in his non-throwing shoulder during September and during the playoffs in October, didn’t learn of the tear until two weeks after season’s end, after an enhanced MRI performed by Southern California orthopedist Lewis Yocum revealed it.
Surgery would completely repair the tear but would sideline Espinosa for at least the season’s first two months, so the consensus opinion was to build up the muscles around the cuff and attempt to play without causing any further damage.
“It’s already torn,” Espinosa said. “So as long as I just keep up with my maintenance on my other muscles around the shoulder, I should
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