WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21: The grounds crew for the Washington Nationals pull the tarp onto the field during a rain delay in the top of the third inning during a game between the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
There's one report from WTOP's Craig Heist (@CHeistWTOP) that sources tell him that Danny Espinosa's MRI revealed a bruise in his shoulder which should only keep the infielder out of action a few days. No official confirmation from the team thus far, but Washington Nationals' manager Davey Johnson meets with reporters at 4:15 pm EDT and there are sure to be updates coming out of the first pre game press conference of the upcoming seven-game homestand. Here's WTOP's Craig Heist's report:
According to a baseball source, #Nats second baseman Danny Espinosa likely to miss a day or two.MRI on shoulder showed a bruise.— Craig Heist (@cheistWTOP) September 18, 2012
• Update: 3:33 pm EDT. MLB.com's Bill Ladson on Espinosa:
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In off-field news, the Nationals made two announcements this afternoon. First, single game tickets for "potential" NLDS or WC games go on sale Friday morning (9/21) at 10:00 AM EDT:
"The Washington Nationals announced today that tickets for potential Wild Card and National League Division Series games at Nationals Park will go on sale to the general public Friday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. ET. A maximum of four tickets for each game may be purchased online at nationals.com/postseason or by calling 888.632.NATS(6287) on a first come, first served basis."
Davey Johnson would prefer you end up buying NLDS tickets. [He didn't really say anything about the tickets.] The Nats' skipper told reporters recently before a home series with Atlanta in late August that he wants nothing to do with the Wild Card one-off. "With the new rule with the Wild Card," Johnson said, "There's really more pressure on you to win your division. There's 10 x's more pressure. So, and [the Braves] know it. Getting the Wild Card before, you're in the playoffs. Now, you get a Wild Card and you've got a one-game playoff because you probably use your best pitcher in that one-game playoff."
• And B: Roberto Clemente Award Nominee: The Nats also noted this afternoon, via Twitter (@NationalsPR) that 27-year-old Nationals' third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had been nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award:
For his contributions both on and off the field, Ryan Zimmerman has been named the #Nationals nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) September 18, 2012
Last year Ian Desmond was the National nominated for the Robert Clemente Award, which recognizes players who, "... best represent the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their [respective clubs]."
Oh, and it's apparently raining in Nats Park. Tarp is on the field as of 3:30 pm EDT. Game's scheduled for 7:05 pm EDT.