Espinosa leaves game after HBP

Espinosa leaves game after HBP
April 14, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa is considered day-to-day after taking a pitch off his right wrist during Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves. Espinosa left the game after the fourth inning, staying in for several frames after suffering the injury in the bottom of the second.

Afterwards manager Davey Johnson said that X-rays were negative, but that Espinosa will likely miss a game or two in the team’s next series at Miami.

“Everything right now is pretty sore,” Espinosa said. “It just happened and everything you do right after it happens is going to be sore.”

“It got worse, I thought it would calm down but it just got worse. It started throbbing more, it got more and more swollen and got stiffer, that’s when I decided to come out.”

Espinosa is in pain and has swelling in his wrist, but is relieved to hear there were no broken bones.

“When you get hit in a place like that, you know right when you’re hit it’s so easy for something to break. It’s just a big relief that nothing like that happened,” he said.

In addition to receiving X-rays, Espinosa underwent a grip strength test which came back with positive results. As a switch hitter, he said it may affect his ability swinging right handed because he needs to turn his wrist more so than when he swings lefty.

“Danny’s going to be alright,” Johnson said.