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."
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.
Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:18:19 -0800
Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams said Sunday, Feb. 16, that there will be an "open competition" for the starting second base job between 2Bs Danny Espinosa and Anthony Rendon. "And that's all you can say about it at this point. They haven't even taken their first grounder officially yet. But I think that it's good to have competition in spring," Williams said. "It makes guys come into camp ready. There's no favorite at this point. We're going to give them both ample opportunity to become the starter, and we'll see where we go." Espinosa has been in camp for several days, Rendon reported Sunday. Williams said Rendon will also see reps at third base, and Espinosa will also see reps at shortstop and potentially third base.
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:59:58 -0800
Washington Nationals hitting coach Rick Schu still believes in 2B Danny Espinosa after he struck out a combined 148 times between the majors and minors last season. "For me, what I see offensively, he can be the total package. He could be that guy that hits for average. He is a switch hitter, power from both sides, he is really an exciting guy. He had an off year because of injuries. Playing in the big leagues is tough," Schu said. Espinosa will compete for the starting second base job with 2B Anthony Rendon.
Fantasy Tip: Rendon is fully expected to be the Nats' starter at the keystone, which would force Espinosa to a bench role or back in the minors.
Sat, 08 Feb 2014 11:01:35 -0800
At least a dozen teams have reportedly expressed interest in Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa. However, the Nationals have no plans to trade him. Espinosa is expected to compete this spring with INF Anthony Rendon for the starting job at second base.
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:48:31 -0800
The Washington Nationals are not willing to include 2B Anthony Rendon in a trade for Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer because Scherzer only has one year remaining on his contract.
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 13:37:09 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth and 2B Anthony Rendon are not in the starting lineup against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, Aug. 24.
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.
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:37:06 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) will wear padding on his left knee for precautionary reasons as he returns to the lineup in the third spot Monday, July 1. Manager Davey Johnson doesn't plan to bring Harper along slowly or ask him to change his approach. OF Jayson Werth is hitting second and 2B Anthony Rendon has been dropped to seventh in the order. Harper doesn't expect the added padding for his knee to affect his mobility.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:58:50 -0700
The Washington Nationals want 2B Danny Espinosa to work on his approach at the plate with Triple-A Syracuse. Espinosa went 2-for-21 with an RBI, three walks and 14 strikeouts while on his rehab assignment. "We need for him to get to a place in his mechanics and his approach that allows him to put the barrel of the bat on the ball and to utilize the other skills that he has: power, speed, defense and that type of thing," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "He has to be more consistent and have an approach that allows him to succeed at this level." Rizzo said 2B Anthony Rendon's performance at the big league level won't impact the team's plans for Espinosa.
Fantasy Tip: There is no timetable for how long Espinosa might be working down on the farm, meaning Rendon owners shouldn't be worried that he'll lose playing time in the immediate future.