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Danny Espinosa | Second Baseman | #8

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 204
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Long Beach State
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (0) / WAS
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Nationals and INF Danny Espinosa avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.875 million contract.
Espinosa is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. He hit .240/.311/.409 with 13 homers and 37 RBI in 412 plate appearances with the Nats last season. Jan 15 - 5:57 PM

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Danny Espinosa said Saturday that he wants to be the Nationals' starting shortstop in 2016.

With Ian Desmond out of the picture, the expectation is that Trea Turner would ascend to the starting job at shortstop, but Esipnosa isn't planning on making it easy on him. He also voiced his dissatisfaction with his playing time being cut in the second half of the 2015 season. The 28-year-old hit .240/.311/.409 with 13 homers and 37 RBI in 412 plate appearances with the Nats last season.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 02:01:00 PM

Danny Espinosa (hamstring) is done for the year.

Espinosa suffered a torn hamstring on a hard slide Sunday. It's a four-week injury and there are only 10 days left in the 2015 regular season. The 28-year-old infielder will finish with a .719 OPS and 13 home runs.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 01:41:00 PM

An MRI taken Tuesday confirmed that Danny Espinosa has a strained right hamstring muscle.

It's a minor strain, but Espinosa probably won't see any action this week. And he might not play much in the final week of the season either. The 28-year-old infielder is sitting on a .719 OPS and 13 home runs.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 04:35:00 PM

An ultrasound revealed that Danny Espinosa has a strained right hamstring.

It's believed that Espinosa injured the hamstring on a slide during Sunday's game. He'll undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity, but don't count on seeing him for a while.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 04:32:00 PM

Danny Espinosa went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored as the Nationals fell to the Rockies on Friday.

Espinosa, who has been extremely valuable in a utility role for the Nationals this season, started at second base on Friday. He's hitting .253/.324/.412 with 10 homers and 29 RBI in 305 at-bats on the year.
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 10:32:00 PM

Danny Espinosa (legs) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Espinosa had to leave Saturday's game after his legs cramped up, but he's fine. He's at second base and batting second versus Zack Greinke and the Dodgers.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 10:54:00 AM

Danny Espinosa felt cramping in his calves on Saturday.

That's the reason for his ninth-inning exit. Nationals manager Matt Williams said Espinosa should be fine for Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers.
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 07:02:00 PM

Danny Espinosa left Saturday's game against the Dodgers with an apparent left leg injury.

Espinosa limped off the field after trying to make a diving play in the top of the ninth inning. He was 1-for-3 with two strikeouts against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. There should be an update from D.C. soon.
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 06:34:00 PM

Danny Espinosa plated three runs Saturday in a win against the Orioles.

All three runs came across on a sixth-inning homer off Miguel Gonzalez. Espinosa's first half has been feast or famine. He leads NL second basemen in round-trippers but is only hitting .258 including .140 with runners in scoring position. He'll look to stay hot Sunday against Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 11:17:00 PM

Danny Espinosa homered in a 2-for-4 effort Monday as the Nationals lost to the Reds.

Espinosa knotted the game up at two apiece with a solo shot to right-center in the sixth inning against Anthony DeSclafani. The homer marks Espinosa's first extra-base hit of July. He's hitting .262/.343/.443 with nine home runs and 25 RBI on the year.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 10:26:00 PM

Danny Espinosa doubled twice with an RBI and two runs scored in a 3-for-5 effort as the Nationals topped the Braves 6-1 on Tuesday.

Espinosa sparked a four-run first inning with an RBI double. He later scored on a Wilson Ramos single. He singled to lead off the third inning and eventually scored following A.J. Pierzynski's throwing error. Espinosa had been slumping, batting .107 (3-for-28) since June 20. He's batting .259/.336/.438 overall with eight home runs, 23 RBI, and 37 runs scored.
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 10:40:00 PM

Danny Espinosa was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a stolen base Friday against the Pirates.

Espinosa got the start at shortstop Friday with the struggling Ian Desmond on the bench. The 28-year-old has nine hits in his last 16 at-bats, pulling his batting average up from .246 to .272 on the year. With eight home runs and an .828 OPS through 59 games, he's been one of the Nationals' most productive players this season.
Fri, Jun 19, 2015 09:54:00 PM

Danny Espinosa went 5-for-5 with three runs scored as the Nationals demolished the Rays on Tuesday.

Three of Espinosa's singles went to the outfield; two stayed in the infield. Five total hits sets a new career high for the 28-year-old, who had previously logged four hits in a game three times, including earlier this year against the Braves. Espinosa has been productive this year, batting .267/.356/.461 with eight home runs, 18 RBI, and 34 runs scored. Espinosa has played everywhere in the infield for the Nats, including first base, and should continue seeing regular at-bats with Ryan Zimmerman sidelined.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 10:50:00 PM

Danny Espinosa is making his first career start at first base on Saturday.

Espinosa has developed into quite the utility man for the Nationals this season, as this will be the fifth different position that he has appeared at. With Ryan Zimmerman on the shelf, this could become a regular scenario if he proves he can handle the position defensively.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 01:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Jhonatan Solano
4Pedro Severino
5Spencer Kieboom
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Chris Bostick
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3Trea Turner
4Brendan Ryan
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Matt den Dekker
3Reed Johnson
CF1Ben Revere
2Michael Taylor
3Logan Schafer
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
6A.J. Cole
7Taylor Jordan
8Bronson Arroyo
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Shawn Kelley
3Felipe Rivero
4Trevor Gott
5Oliver Perez
6Blake Treinen
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Rafael Martin
9Aaron Barrett
10Matt Grace
11Sammy Solis
12Nick Lee
13Nick Masset
14Aaron Laffey