Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 6 Months

Danny Espinosa went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Padres.

Espinosa has put his newfound playing time to good use, slashing .317/.377/.524 in 69 plate appearances. Anthony Rendon, the club's regular second baseman, has been playing at third base since Ryan Zimmerman suffered a fractured thumb, leaving second base open for Espinosa. It's a massive turnaround for Espinosa, who hit so poorly last season that he was demoted to Triple-A.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 6 Months

Danny Espinosa went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Angels.

Espinosa, now a regular part of the Nats' lineup with Ryan Zimmerman on the shelf, will see plenty of playing time in the immediate future. He strikes out a lot and doesn't walk much, but will swipe the occasional bag, making him a reasonable option in deeper mixed leagues.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 6 Months

Danny Espinosa will bat second Tuesday against the Angels.

Nationals manager Matt Williams is moving him up in the order with left-hander Tyler Skaggs on the hill for the Angels. Espinosa is receiving regular playing time with Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) on the DL and is worth considering in deeper mixed leagues.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 6 Months

Danny Espinosa smacked a solo homer in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

It was Espinosa's first major league home run since last May 5. He had a chance to do some more damage later on, but flew out to center field with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Espinosa might not hit for a high batting average, but he should be useful in mixed fantasy leagues until Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) comes off the disabled list.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 6 Months

Danny Espinosa tripled in a run, doubled and scored twice against the Marlins on Monday.

Espinosa should be a decent mixed-league middle infield option while Ryan Zimmerman is out for the next 4-6 weeks. He's hitting .346 in 36 at-bats so far, and while that won't last, some more power should be on the way.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 6 Months

Danny Espinosa started at second base and went 1-for-4 in Tuesday's victory over the Marlins.

With Anthony Rendon starting at third base for the injured Ryan Zimmerman, Espinosa got the start at second base. Zimmerman will return to the lineup on Wednesday, however, which means Rendon returns to second base and Espinosa returns to the bench.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 7 Months

Danny Espinosa hit a pair of solo homers Saturday to lead the Nationals to a 6-5 win over the Marlins.

Adam LaRoche and Espinosa went back-to-back off Kevin Slowey in the seventh, and Espinosa went on to win the game with a homer off Chaz Roe in the ninth. The homers were Espinosa's first two of the spring. It's likely too late for him to get back into the mix for the starting job at second base, but he will have a spot as a utilityman.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 7 Months

Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 on Friday, lowering his spring average to .184.

The Nationals keep talking up Espinosa and insist that they're not trading him, but Espinosa hasn't done anything on the field to back it up. He's yet to homer in 38 at-bats this spring, and he has just two doubles. He is playing fine defense, but that's about it. He hasn't made any sort of competition of the second base job that always figured to go to Anthony Rendon.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 8 Months

Danny Espinosa will see time at both middle infield spots this spring in preparation for a possible utility role.

Espinosa's main goal this spring is to win the second base job, but if he loses out to Anthony Rendon he could still make the club as a utility infielder. Espinosa had a forgettable 2013 season in which he batted .158/.193/.272, but the 26-year-old has been better at the plate in previous years. He'll need a strong spring to have any fantasy relevance this year.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 8 Months

Nationals manager Matt Williams declared Sunday that there will be an "open competition" between Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa for the team's starting second base job.

It's unlikely that Espinosa will be able to supplant Rendon, but did show off his offensive ability in 2011 and 2012 where he slashed .242/.319/.408 with 38 homers, 122 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 318 games. Espinosa will also see time at shortstop and third base during the spring, and could still make the squad in a utility role.