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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||305.00||8.00||.236||29.00||32.00||9.00|
|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|
|12/26/2014||Chase Headley, 3B NYY||Danny Espinosa, 2B WAS|
Michael Choice, LF TEX
Nate Freiman, 1B OAK
Corey Hart, DH PIT
Kyle Lohse, SP MIL
Yonder Alonso, 1B SD
Kevin Siegrist, RP STL
Tyler Beede, SP SF
Michael Bourn, CF CLE
Eric Sogard, 2B OAK
Matt Cain, SP SF
Tyler Matzek, SP COL
Endy Chavez, RF SEA
Jesse Biddle, SP PHI
Peter Bourjos, CF STL
Henry Urrutia, DH BAL
Tyler Flowers, C CHW
|12/23/2014||Daniel Murphy, 2B NYM|
Jason Hammel, SP CHC
|Danny Espinosa, 2B WAS|
Masahiro Tanaka, SP NYY
|12/22/2014||A.J. Pollock, CF ARI|
Jimmy Rollins, SS LAD
Matt Kemp, LF SD
|Dilson Herrera, 2B NYM|
Danny Espinosa, 2B WAS
Yasiel Puig, RF LAD
|Last 10 Games|
Nationals seeking improvement in bench production for 2015
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(3:22 pm ET) The Nationals' bench struggled when pressed into action a season ago, as the group only mustered a combined .143 batting average with 18 RBI.
With stars Jayson Werth, Denard Span and Anthony Rendon likely to open the year on the disabled list, the Nationals know bench production will be key early on in the season. The Nationals bring back some guys that came off the bench a year go, including Danny Espinosa, Kevin Frandsen and Jose Lobaton.
Their numbers will need to improve for the Nationals to sustain success offensively, especially when dealing with injuries.
One possibility to take a bench spot is Tony Gwynn Jr., who's hitting .375 with two RBI this spring.
"You want to set a tone for the team, especially when you are missing cogs like Rendon, Werth and Span," Gwynn said via MLB.com. "You have to be able to fill those voids. There are reasons they are paid the top money they are paid. They are not easy cogs to replace. You try to piece it together as a team and hope you can keep the ship afloat until those guys get back."
Nationals getting Danny Espinosa acclimated to third base
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/21/15) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa made his first career start at third base during Saturday's spring game against the Marlins, according to MLB.com. He never started at third base in the minors.
"My thought on it was, 'Hey, if we get in the situation where you have to play it, I just want you to have experience there,'" Williams said. "He's got great hands, great feet, plenty of arm, we all know that. It's a question of him getting used to the position a little bit in case it comes up during the season and he's got to do it. Right now, it gives him the opportunity to get out there in a non-pressure type situation and play."
Espinosa had been working at third base during workouts and made his first appearance at the hot corner Thursday against the Tigers, when he shifted over from second base in the ninth inning and played two innings at third.
"I'm going to treat it like any defense in the game, catch the ball and throw it over there," Espinosa said. "Ball comes off the bat a little different, so more of a reactionary position instead of being able to read your hop at short and second and kind of picking your hop. At third base, it's kind of do-or-die."
Nationals' Espinosa trying to shake off early struggles at the plate
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(3/9/15) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa decided this offseason to hit exclusively from the right side. The former switch hitter hasn't had much success this spring, going 0 for 5. But manager Matt Williams isn't concerned about Espinosa just yet, reports MLB.com.
"His timing isn't quite there yet, but that is to be expected," Williams said. "The good thing I see is him taking balls out of the strike zone. He is not swinging at a lot of them that are down below the zone or up. He has a good knowledge of it. The timing will come. He'll get better as we go. So far, so good."
Danny Espinosa to hit from right side exclusively
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(2/8/15) Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said second baseman Danny Espinosa has agreed to hit only from the right side in 2015, reports MASNSports.com. "Danny Espinosa is the most stubborn player I've ever met," Rizzo joked.
Espinosa hit .183 with 97 strikeouts in 249 at-bats from the left side of the plate in 2014. He hit .301 with three homers and 10 RBI from the right side. Per the website, Espinosa owns a lifetime .213 batting average as a lefty hitter facing right-handed pitching versus a .271 average from the right side against left-handers.
Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa avoids arbitration
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(1/15/15) The Nationals have avoided arbitration with infielder Danny Espinosa, the team announced.
Espinosa is set to receive $1.8 million next year, according to The Washington Post. The 27-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .219/.283/.351 over 333 at-bats. He was slated to open the year as the team's starter at second base until the team acquired Yunel Escobar. Espinosa will now open the year in a utility role.
|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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