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Espinosa out with chip in right wrist

May 24, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

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Add another name to the long list of Nationals injuries. 
Second baseman Danny Espinosa has a loose bone chip in his right wrist and is expected to miss several days with the disabled list not out of the question. Davey Johnson said it’s related to the sore wrist that kept him out for four games in mid-April after he took a Paul Maholm pitch off his hand against the Braves.
Espinosa missed four games after being hit on April 14, but returned in the Nats’ series that weekend on April 20 against the Mets. Espinosa apparently continued to experience pain, but opted to play through it up until now.
“The problem is that it’s a broken bone,” Johnson said. “The problem is the inflammation and pain from the broken bone. I know what that’s like.”

“The best way I feel is to have him rest it for a couple of days, no hitting and no throwing, and see if he can get by the discomfort in his right wrist.”
  1. natsfan1a - May 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Feel better, Danny,

  2. nats guy - May 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    What a bunch of pure unadulterated BS!!! How do the suggest fixing his shoulder. Everything is wonderful and he will be back in time for the World Series.

  3. nats guy - May 24, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I just lost respect for Mike Rizzo and Dave Johnson. I can't believe that they think we'll actually believe this BS.

  4. Rabbit34 - May 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    How convenient. How surprising. Unfortunately, this "news" is too late for the team. They have already been hurt. Any time on the DL will be too short for Espinosa.

  5. SonnyG10 - May 24, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Take your time and heal, Danny. We need you healthy.

  6. DJB - May 24, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Espi is just trying to stay in the Majors. Second time he's pulled this BS. At least Harper hits home runs when he is in pain.

  7. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Henry has 9 lives and Espi has 9 lies.

  8. peric - May 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Not hurt as much as by Zim's erratic throws … and last season luckily the cortisone shots worked for a seriously injured shoulder … else he would have been an even more enormous hole in the #3 slot. So, soon the forget … sheessh … shaking head ruefully at really poor fans!

  9. Candide - May 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Getting tired of hearing about guys toughing it out and hurting the team as a result.Jim Palmer used to bellyache about every little twinge. But you never had to wonder if he was hurting the team because he was hiding an injury.

  10. SCNatsFan - May 24, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Wonder if Danny was HRodded

  11. peric - May 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Hmm Rendon getting impacted wisdom teeth removed it seems. That's a few days out at least.

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Get 100% heal. Probably is making his hitting when he makes contact weaker.

  13. peric - May 24, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Wonder if Danny was HRoddedNot by the hair of your chinny chin chin …They didn't put him on the DL … yet. They want to see if he can play with the pain … with some remedial help. Why? Because he's in the middle of the defense and right now their best fielder. Hopefully, if the do decide to go that way they send him off to get both the wrist and the rotator cuff fixed. And not one excluding the other.

  14. SCNatsFan - May 24, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Rendon with wisdom teeth? Hey I'm an oral surgeon finally something I can post intelligently about.Peric I don't know why hey would wait on Danny, he's shown he can't hit with the pain. Don't know why we wouldn't want to get someone here in case we need the body.

  15. peric - May 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Peric I don't know why hey would wait on Danny, he's shown he can't hit with the pain. His glove.

  16. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    SCNatsfan, that's what I think it is. The phantom injury to give another excuse. Give him time away.

  17. peric - May 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    SCNatsfan, that's what I think it is. The phantom injury to give another excuse. Give him time away.No, I believe them. What was "phantom" was the fact they probably already knew about it and why they weren't upset with his offensive performance. But as Rizzo stated it didn't and hasn't affected the glove. But it impacts Danny. He wants to hit in the worst way. The second checkup is on him. I still think he should just go ahead and get both surgeries and be ready to go next spring.

  18. SCNatsFan - May 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Peric no matter what his glove they cannot put up with a .170 hitter and you know that. If you think they aren't upset with his performance at the plate then I believe you are mistaken. He is possibly the worst in all of MLB.

  19. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    He's never shown he can hit lefthanded. Thats hard to change as poor as he sees the ball from the left side.The Espi supporters like Peric are already using this as an excuse.

  20. Dominats Vobiscum - May 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    "But it impacts Danny. He wants to hit in the worst way."In the words of a guy who wanted to be President in the worst way, Mission Accomplished.

  21. NatsJack in Florida - May 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Like that guy that has the most comments dumped by the blog administrator, Danny, the Drama Queen, has an excuse.My question is, who backs up Desmond at short? Certainly not Kobernus.

  22. Less Platu - May 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Isn't it more a Team Player who reports his injury in order NOT to hurt the team?I don't appreciate players who play 'hurt' especially when their playing hurt hurts the team.

  23. Less Platu - May 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    I don't call Espinosa chipping his wrist last year. And last year he led the major leagues in Strikeouts. Hurt or not — this kid doesn't hit.Again, Danny selfishly hurt this team since his wrist got injured.

  24. CN - May 24, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Lombo was the "day-to-day" fill-in at SS, meaning that if Desmond only needed a day off to rest, Lombo was the guy. Espi, OTOH, was the long-term fill-in @ SS last yr, which he did when Desmond went on the DL. So there u have it, Lombo is the immediate SS replacement.

  25. NatsJack in Florida - May 24, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    And he totally sucks as a shorrstoo.

  26. NatsJack in Florida - May 24, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Shortstop

  27. UnkyD - May 25, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    I do feel bad for Danny. He's not had much of a chance to play healthy…didn't he have a broken hamate bone to recover from, before last season? Then the cuff, late last year. I hope he just gets everything fixed, and has a fighting chance to be a ballplayer, next spring. If he'll consent to being coached….Get better, Danny… You're using up most of your chances….

  28. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    The thing Danny needs to get fixed is his eyes. He does not recognize pitches at all.

  29. nats guy - May 25, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Espinosa is now my least favorite player of all time, replacing Barry Bonds who replaced Mark McGwire. Lord, know how many games he has cost his team while hiding injuries. I never want to hear his name agin on this team, but I'm afraid I'll have to. Espinosa, what a schmuck. I think thats what I'll call him from now on.

  30. IKN8wxU2 - May 25, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Why do you think Espinosa hid this injury? FP just said in the broadcast that the announcing crew has known about this injury for weeks.I'm amazed how willing people are to draw adverse inferences against Danny and Nats management and medical staff.

  31. Mac Guire - May 25, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Espinosa is now helping the team by being out. I hope we're seeing the last of Espinosa finally. He does not seem to be playing better this year anyway than how he's been doing so far. Let's say he comes back next spring after getting surgery this year… Oops! No more Davey next year! This means it will be hard to find Espinosa in the starting lineup any more. There aren't many managers who are willing to put up with his suckiness.

  32. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 25, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    There's a good reason every baseball player in America still knows the name Wally Pipp.

  33. peric - May 25, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Like that guy that has the most comments dumped by the blog administrator, Danny, the Drama Queen, has an excuse.Yeah kind of like the hypocrite in Florida and his pals who won't admit that Espinosa has a real injury not a phantom one. And that he deserves just as much consideration as Mr. "hole in the #3 hole" Zim last year.

  34. peric - May 25, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    This means it will be hard to find Espinosa in the starting lineup any more. There aren't many managers who are willing to put up with his suckiness.Mike Rizzo makes the consistent starting lineup. The manager fills out the lineup card. Back to that once Davey is gone.

  35. Drew - May 25, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    I know his average is down, but Walters played a nifty shortstop in spring training. He has some pop, too.That said, it sure seems Kobernus has earned a shot.

  36. jeffwx - May 25, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    and broken wrists should be taken seriously. They can heal improperly and then you are really screwed.

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