Danny Espinosa knew there was a pretty good chance he'd come off the bench in the late innings of Sunday afternoon's game against the Chicago Cubs. He just didn't know it'd be like this.
The Nationals lineup has suffered through a well-documented stretch of futility in recent weeks, but on Sunday there were glimpses of hope.
Nationals right-hander Doug Fister completed his first rehab game with Syracuse Sunday afternoon.
When the Nationals broke out for seven runs on Friday night, the hope was certainly for that momentum to carry over on Saturday in their early afternoon bout with the Cubs.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and with two starters on the disabled list and mixed results from their usual spot-starters, the Nationals called on prospect Joe Ross from Double-A Har