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Nationals' Infielder Danny Espinosa Is Hitting Again, Will The Nats Bring Him Back? FBB On MASNSports

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The Washington Nationals said they were sending Danny Espinosa down to Triple-A to find his swing, and the switch-hitting infielder is starting to hit. So what will the Nats do with the '08 3rd Round pick in the second half? Will Espinosa come back to the nation's capital.

Thearon W. Henderson

[ed. note - "Every Friday morning throughout this season, hopefully, if they'll continue to have me, I'll be writing a post over at's Nationals Buzz, "... as part of's season-long initiative of welcoming guest," writers to their site. All opinions expressed are my own... A sample follows... You can read the entire post HERE or through the link included below."]:

"Once we feel that he's ready and capable to perform and to contribute on the big league level we will bring him up..." - Mike Rizzo on Danny Espinosa after he was sent to Triple-A

"Meanwhile, back in Triple-A, Danny Espinosa has started to hit. After going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run last night, the switch-hitting infielder was 15-for-36 (.417/.475/.750) with four doubles, a triple, two home runs, four walks and eight strikeouts in his last 10 games. It's a nice run for Espinosa, but just how good is he going to have to be and for how long to earn himself a return to the majors?

"With Anthony Rendon's emergence, Steve Lombardozzi's at bats have dried up. In mostly pinch-hit appearances in his last eight games going back to June 25, the 24-year-old utility infielder and sometime outfielder is 2-for-7 with a double, but he hasn't started a game since June 23. On the year, Lombardozzi has a .236/.249/.298 line. Bryce Harper's return took away at bats in left. Rendon's getting all the time at second. Is Lombardozzi next in line for a trip to the minors, like Tyler Moore, to get more consistent at bats?

"Like Moore, Lombardozzi excelled in a difficult role as a bench player and fill-in for the Nationals last season, but both he and Moore have struggled to do the same so far this year.

Could Espinosa hit his way back into a role as a utility player in the second half if Lombardozzi is not getting at-bats and is struggling to produce when he does?"

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