Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:55:20 -0800
The Detroit Tigers traded SP Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals Monday, Dec. 2, in exchange for 2B Steve Lombardozzi, SP Ian Krol and P Robbie Ray. SP Drew Smyly will move into the rotation in Detroit to replace Fister. Ray is expected to start next year in the minor leagues. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said dealing Fister had nothing to do with the hopes that they can sign SP Max Scherzer to a long-term contract before he becomes a free agent. Lombardozzi will serve as a utility infielder for the Tigers.
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:43:48 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Scott Hairston was taking groundballs at first base Friday, Aug. 9, as a way to make himself more versatile. Hairston has never played first base in his career. "Maybe it'll lengthen my career," he said. Hairston could become a right-handed option at first base next season. 2B Steve Lombardozzi was also taking grounders at first Friday with the team lacking a real righty hitting option at the position to spell 1B Adam LaRoche. LaRoche is hitting only .184 with a .552 OPS against southpaws this year. 1B Tyler Moore is 13-for-40 with four home runs in his last 10 games at Triple-A Syracuse, but manager Davey Johnson said Moore won't return to the team until September, when rosters expand.
Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:48:23 -0700
Washington Nationals 2B Anthony Rendon is not in the starting lineup against the Miami Marlins Saturday, July 13. He had started 34 of the last 35 games since his recall June 5. INF Steve Lombardozzi is starting at second base Saturday.
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:08:35 -0700
The Washington Nationals placed 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist, shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 4, but it's unknown if it's for his shoulder or wrist. Espinosa could need to have shoulder surgery.
Fantasy Tip: This doesn't look good for Espinosa, who was fighting to overcome a wrist injury much of the season. If he needs shoulder surgery on top of it, there's a good chance he won't be back at all. You can probably drop him in all formats. Anthony Rendon was called up and should see the majority of starts at second base over Steve Lombardozzi.
Sat, 01 Jun 2013 10:46:23 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon has been promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse, where he'll play mostly second base.
Fantasy Tip: Danny Espinosa's struggles at second base in Washington are taking their toll. Steve Lombardozzi had been filling in with Espinosa sitting out with a wrist ailment, but Rendon clearly presents the club with the most offensive upside. However, he'll need time to transition from third to second base, so a call-up to D.C. isn't imminent. Still, you'll need to keep a close eye on his progress if you want to snag him in mixed formats when he returns to the bigs.
Fri, 24 May 2013 14:53:11 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon isn't a candidate to play second base with 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) hurting.
Fantasy Tip: This means that Steve Lombardozzi will continue to play second base as long as Espinosa is sidelined, and that could be a decent chunk of time. It's still entirely possible that Espinosa will require a DL stint, too. Lombardozzi is an exciting bat with enough playing time, so snatch him off the wire in deep mixed leagues if you need middle infield depth.
Fri, 24 May 2013 14:14:14 -0700
Updating a previous item, Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) is dealing with a fractured right wrist and a bone chip that was the result of a hit by pitch against the Atlanta Braves back in April. The main concern is the small fracture in his wrist that will need time to heal. Espinosa is hitting only .163 with a .196 on-base percentage. 2B Steve Lombardozzi is taking over in Espinosa's absence.
Fri, 24 May 2013 13:23:05 -0700
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa (hand) has been dealing with a bone chip in his right hand for the last month, but he will not have surgery right now. He will take a few days off and hope he feels better.
Fantasy Tip: This would explain Espinosa's disappearing power, but the fact remains that he strikes out way too much for a second baseman. One would expect this to result in a DL move, although they'll hold off for now. In the meantime, Steve Lombardozzi should be picked up in deep mixed leagues. Anthony Rendon, who has been playing some second base in the minors, could be a nice speculative addition to rosters.
Tue, 21 May 2013 12:45:04 -0700
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa worked to improve his swing with hitting coach Rick Eckstein Monday, May 20, and also had a film session. Espinosa was benched again in favor of 2B Steve Lombardozzi. Espinosa has one hit in his last 28 at-bats and a triple slash line of .163/.191/.260. The team insists he's physically fine despite playing through a torn rotator cuff all of last year. His shoulder could still be playing a part, though, as his power numbers are down again. Espinosa also has a .200 batting average on balls in play, but he's hitting liners only 10.3 percent of the time, the lowest mark in the majors. His home run percentage has dropped from 13 percent in his career to 7.7 percent this year. Espinosa is swinging at more pitches and making contact with pitches outside the zone, but most of all, it looks as though he's lost the strength in his swing. The Nationals still think Espinosa gives them the best option at second base, mainly because of his defense.
Fantasy Tip: Lombardozzi should be owned in most NL-only leagues as he takes playing time away from Espinosa. It's also worth noting that Anthony Rendon played second base in the minors yesterday. He could be an option to see time at the keystone later this year if Espinosa is still struggling. They aren't giving up on Espinosa, but he isn't worth a roster spot in mixed leagues at the moment.
Sun, 12 May 2013 09:04:22 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (toenail) is back in the starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, May 12. INF/OF Steve Lombardozzi is making his first start in the outfield this season, playing left field and batting second.