Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B WAS 1 day ago

Espinosa is out of the lineup Saturday, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports.

The toolsy second baseman has improved his contact rate this year, earning regular starts at the keystone via his bat and his glove. Dan Uggla gets the start Saturday and will hit seventh against the Phillies.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B WAS 1 week ago

Espinosa got the start at second base on Friday before shifting to third in a double-switch, going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and two RBI.

He's been on fire recently, hitting .345 (10-for-29) over his last eight games with two home runs, five RBI and 10 runs scored. Anthony Rendon (knee/oblique) still appears to be a few weeks away from returning to action, so Espinosa will continue to see regular at-bats and provide some surprising value in the short term.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B WAS 2 weeks ago

Espinosa went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Washington's win over the Braves on Friday night.

Espinosa is now hitting .254 with four homers and eight RBI on the season. Both he and Dan Uggla have been streaky this year, and manager Matt Williams seems content to go with the hot hand.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B WAS 3 weeks ago

Espinosa is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

Espinosa has recorded just three hits and no RBI since going 4-for-5 in last Wednesday's game, so manager Matt Williams decided to hold him out Tuesday. Dan Uggla will start at second base in Espinosa's place.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B WAS 1 month ago

Espinosa got the start at second base on Friday, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run, but shifted over to third base when Yunel Escobar exited with a minor groin strain.

He's now hitting .286 (4-for-14) on the season with two home runs, and miraculously has more walks (three) than strikeouts (two). Look for Espinosa to continue getting the nod at third while Escobar is recovering, and as long as he keeps making contact he could be a useful short-term pickup.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B WAS 1 month ago

Espinosa got the start at second base on Monday, going 1-for-3 with a two-run home run.

It was his first long ball of the season. Espinosa's numbers so far aren't bad (2-for-7 with both hits going for extra bases, and just one strikeout) and with Dan Uggla struggling out of the gate, Espinosa could start to see more of the action at second base.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B WAS 1 month ago

Espinosa got the start at second base on Saturday, hitting eighth and going 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

It was his first action of the season, as Dan Uggla had gotten the previous four starts at second base. At this point, it looks like Espinosa is being considered only as a bench player, but if Uggla fails to add any offense to the Nationals' lineup, manager Matt Williams may elect to switch to Espinosa's more valuable glove at the keystone instead.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B WAS 2 months ago

Espinosa got a start at third base in Saturday's split-squad game against the Marlins, the Washington Post reports.

While this could be a sign that the Nats are worried Anthony Rendon (knee) won't be available for Opening Day, it could also be as simple as getting Espinosa better acclimated to his utility role this season. He's having a rough spring at the plate as he adapts to hitting exclusively from the right side, posting a .138/.219/.310 slash line with a 3:9 BB:K ratio in 29 at-bats.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B WAS 2 months ago

Espinosa went 1-for-2 on Tuesday with a double off Dan Haren.

It's his first hit of the spring off a right-handed pitcher,a potentially important first milestone as Espinosa tries to adjust to being nearly exclusively a right-handed hitter. He's still ticketed for a bench role, however, so even if the transition goes smoothly, his fantasy value will be limited.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B WAS 3 months ago

Although Espinosa is focused on learning to hit right-handed against right-handed pitching this spring, he won't completely abandon his swing from the left side, the Washington Post reports.Comments by Nationals manager Matt Williams suggest that Espinosa will only be hitting left-handed in an emergency situation, but this seems like a hedge by the organization in case Espinosa's efforts in righty-righty matchups prove to be even worse than the extremely poor results (a 532 OPS) he managed hitting left-handed last season. With Yunel Escobar brought in to be the starting second baseman anyway, Espinosa's not someone most fantasy owners need to worry about unless the righty-righty experiment goes very well this spring.