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Espinosa hurting, LaRoche struggling

Apr 15, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

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Danny Espinosa is out of the Nationals’ lineup tonight with a bruised right wrist.

MIAMI — Two regular members of the Nationals’ starting lineup sat out tonight’s series opener against the Marlins, though not for the same reason.

Second baseman Danny Espinosa continues to be bothered by a bruised right hand after getting hit with a pitch during Sunday’s loss to the Braves. Adam LaRoche, meanwhile, is physically 100 percent but was given the night off to allow Tyler Moore an opportunity to start at first base.

Though Espinosa’s injury isn’t serious — X-rays came back negative — the base of his right hand is considerably swollen, leaving his wrist and hand stiff. Flying at high altitude on the Nationals’ charter from Washington to Miami Sunday night didn’t help matters.

“The swelling has increased so much that everything has got extremely stiff,” he said. “The bruising is starting to settle in the back and all over my forearm and in my hand. The grip strength on my two fingers is … really stiff. It’s sore, but I would say that the swelling is what’s making it hurt so bad.”
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  1. peric - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    And so it begins ..

  2. A DC Wonk - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    _what_ begins?

  3. Scott Margenau - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    The transition to better players.

  4. A DC Wonk - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    LaRoche is in the very beginning of a 2-year $22MM contract. He led the team in HR, RBI, and SLG last year. He almost always starts slowly. I don't think this is the beginning of him getting dumped for TyMo.

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