Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:57:44 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) will miss four to six weeks after suffering a fractured thumb during the game Saturday, April 12.
Fantasy Tip: Anthony Rendon likely will take over at third base while Zimmerman is out of the lineup and should be picked up if available in leagues. Danny Espinosa probably will fill in at second base for Rendon and should be added by owners looking for help at second base or middle infield.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 04:37:01 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) was out of the lineup Tuesday, April 8. 2B Anthony Rendon replaced him at third, and 2B Danny Espinosa started at second.
Fantasy Tip: Espinosa can be picked up in NL-only leagues and could have mixed-league value if Zimmerman misses an extended period.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:15:55 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) is out of the lineup Tuesday, April 8. 2B Anthony Rendon is moving to third base and 2B Danny Espinosa is playing second.
Fantasy Tip: This could be a more regular occurence with Zimmerman dealing with an arthritic right shoulder. Espinosa will become more valuable if that's the case. He should be owned in NL-only leagues, at least.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:50:26 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) may have to spend more time at first base, because he is dealing with an arthritic right shoulder. "It gives him problems, and sometimes it's tough on him. So we've started to do some things at first base with him, where we can give him a break sometimes," manager Matt Williams said. Zimmerman already has two throwing errors this year, and his shoulder has been a problem for the last two years.
Fantasy Tip: A DL trip doesn't seem imminent. However, it could mean Zimm is rested more often. This also can't be good for Adam LaRoche's playing time, as Williams may look to sit his first baseman more against tough lefties and move Zimmerman across the diamond. The real benefactor here could be Danny Espinosa, who would need to play second base on days that Zimmerman is moved to first, with Anthony Rendon shifting to third.
Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:05:39 -0700
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa has worked on a calm, controlled swing this spring to increase his contact rate and reduce strikeouts. He hit two home runs Saturday, March 22, from the left side of the plate. Neither swing looked violent, but he was still able to drive the ball out of the park.
Fantasy Tip: Espinosa has an uphill battle to beat out Anthony Rendon at second, but Rendon isn't refined either. Espinosa could sneak his way into fantasy relevance again.
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:02:27 -0700
Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams said he's unsure who has won the starting second base job between 2Bs Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa. Williams wants both players to compete for the job until the end of spring training. Rendon is hitting .344 with a home run and six RBIs, and Espinosa is batting .200 with two RBIs, but he's played stellar defense.
Fantasy Tip: We expect Rendon to win the job, but Espinosa could fill in frequently at shortstop or second base if either Rendon or Ian Desmond need a breather. Espinosa isn't a bad buy on the cheap in NL-only leagues as a middle infielder.
Sat, 01 Mar 2014 19:48:30 -0800
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa is expected to see time at both middle infield spots this spring, as he competes for the starting second baseman job with 2B Anthony Rendon, but he could also fill the utility role. "We'll try to break it up evenly," manager Matt Williams said Saturday, March 1. "Again, he's going to play out there along with Anthony and along with other guys that we need to play as well. But I want him to break it up and he'll see a lot of time at short, too. It's important that he does that and feels comfortable in both spots."
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 03:27:15 -0800
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa was given a raise for the 2014 season, as he will now make $540,000. Though Espinosa had been on track to qualify for arbitration this year, his demotion (and lack of a September call-up) left him short. That bought the team an extra year of control and another season at just above the league minimum rate.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:00:51 -0800
Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams plans to use OF Nate McLouth in right field and the leadoff spot Friday, Feb. 28, in the first Grapefruit League spring game against the New York Mets with 2B Danny Espinosa in the two-hole. 3B Ryan Zimmerman will bat third, 1B Adam LaRoche will bat cleanup and SS Ian Desmond will bat fifth. C Wilson Ramos will bat sixth with OF Tyler Moore serving as the designated hitter, OF Scott Hairston batting eighth and playing left field, and OF Michael Taylor batting last and playing in center field.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:59:41 -0800
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa spent more time working at shortstop than second base Thursday, Feb. 20, and manager Matt Williams said Espinosa is in an "open competition" at second base with 2B Anthony Rendon. The team is preparing for Espinosa to be a bench player that can spell both SS Ian Desmond and Rendon. Rendon won't be used as anything more than an emergency shortstop aside from his second base duties.
Fantasy Tip: Espinosa seems clearly ticketed for a utility spot for the Nats, which will only make him mildly useful in NL-only leagues or if either Desmond or Rendon suffer a serious injury.