|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||315.00||8.00||.213||30.00||38.00||10.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs San Francisco||13||3||1|| .333|| .462|| .231|
|vs Alvarez (Career)||8||3||1|| .875||.375||.375|
|vs RHP||230||42||5|| .241|| .291|| .183|
|Last 10 Games|
Danny Espinosa belts eighth home run of the season
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(8/25/14) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa belted his eighth home run of the season Sunday against the Giants. |
Espinosa entered the game in the seventh as a pinch-hitter. He singled in the seventh and took Juan Gutierrez deep for a two-run home run in the eighth inning. He finished 2 for 2 with a run scored and two RBI in a 14-6 victory. He is hitting .219 with eight homers and 27 RBI over 302 at-bats.
Danny Espinosa considering batting right-handed exclusively
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(8/7/14) Nationals deposed starting second baseman Danny Espinosa is considering shedding switch-hitting and batting right-handed full-time, per the Washington Post.
Matt Williams would not complain if that happened.
"For me, he just gets on top of the baseball, more from the right side than he does from the left side," Williams said. "Something he works on everyday left-handed, but it's naturally a little more on top of the baseball right-handed."
Espinosa, who slugged a three-run homer right-handed Wednesday, owns a weak .184/.243/.294 stat line as a left-handed hitter this year, but is batting .309 from the right side.
Danny Espinosa knocks three-run home run Wednesday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(8/6/14) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa went 1 for 4 with a three-run home run in his team's 7-1 win over the Mets Wednesday.
Espinosa had endured a massive power drought before Wednesday, with his last home run coming all the way back on May 12. Due to get spotty playing time after the addition of Asdrubal Cabrera last week, Espinosa owns a .221/.285/.361 line with seven home runs, 25 RBI and seven stolen bases in 285 at-bats.
Zach Walters to split time at second with Danny Espinosa
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(7/25/14) The Nationals recalled infielder Zach Walters from Triple-A Syracuse Wednesday, and are putting him in the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds.
According to the Washington Post, Walters is likely to see a majority of the playing time at second base against right-handed pitchers as part of a platoon with Danny Espinosa. Walters hit 12 of his 15 home runs in Triple-A from the left side of the plate.
Danny Espinosa absent again from lineup for Game 2
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(6/28/14) Matt Williams could be giving Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa a glimpse of his immediate future. He has been benched for the second game of the Saturday doubleheader after sitting out the first. Espinosa could make the pine his permanent spot upon the return of Bryce Harper to the lineup.
Espinosa had started 25 of the previous 27 games.
|2014 Summary: Because of injuries to Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa ended up playing more than anticipated in 2014, but unfortunately not well enough to keep the Nationals happy. They replaced him with Asdrubal Cabrera at the trade deadline. In some ways, it was a bounce-back season for Espinosa after he attempted to play through a torn rotator cuff and broken wrist in 2013, but the Nationals were no longer so willing to wait out the debilitating slumps that come with him striking out every third at-bat.|
Playing time status: Espinosa is a good enough defender to remain in the Nationals' plans for 2015 but, as 2014 confirmed, not a good enough hitter to hold-down a full-time role. Even if they don't bring back Cabrera, the Nationals will find someone to at least share second base duties. It won't be Anthony Rendon, though, who's now entrenched at third base with Zimmerman moving to first.
2015 Outlook: Espinosa looked like an emerging 20-20 man as the Nationals' primary second baseman in 2011 and 2012 and showed he still has that kind of potential with eight homers and eight steals in 333 at-bats last year. But his flaws are so glaring that even if he did come into regular at-bats in 2015, he would probably be just an NL-only option.
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