August 3, 2012; Washington D. C., USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Steve Lombardozzi (1) turns a double play over Miami Marlins outfielder Greg Dobbs (29) at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
• There's still no word on Danny Espinosa's shoulder this afternoon, but should the Washington Nationals lose their second baseman for any significant amount of time there's a Minor League Gold Glove winning infielder on the bench who has had an impressive rookie campaign and is ready to take over at second...
"Nats' shortstop Ian Desmond was dealing with an oblique injury in the weeks leading up to the All-Star Break. The Nats' 26-year-old infielder passed up the opportunity to make his first ASG appearance so that he could rest up over the Break, but when he returned the injury grew worse and Desmond hit the DL after a doubleheader against Atlanta on July 21st and remained out of the lineup until August 17th.
"Over the next 25 games, Lombardozzi moved back to second base on a daily basis, posting a .308/.351/.421 line over that stretch, with three doubles, three triples, a home run, six walks and 14 Ks in 114 PAs. Lombardozzi had a .265/.316/.335 line when he started playing regularly at second. By the time Desmond returned to the lineup and Danny Espinosa flipped back over to second, Lombardozzi had .280/.329/.364 line. During the last 10 games before Desmond returned, the Nationals went 8-2 against the Astros, D-Back and Giants with Lombardozzi 17 for 44 over that stretch (.386/.426/.500).
"Since that time, however, the first-year infielder's made just six starts."