Jul 18, 2015, 7:56 PM EDT
Danny Espinosa limped off the field in ninth inning of Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Dodgers, causing momentary panic throughout Nationals Park that subsided once it was revealed the second baseman was suffering only from a pair of cramped calves that should not be a concern moving forward.
“I think he’ll be fine,” manager Matt Williams said.
Espinosa hurt himself trying to make a diving stop of Adrian Gonzalez’s base hit to his left, staying motionless on the ground for several seconds before Williams and assistant athletic trainer Steve Gober emerged from the dugout to check on him.
“As he was going for the ball, they both cramped up on him,” Williams said. “You could tell by the dive; it wasn’t real pleasant to watch, because he just kind of fell over. But I anticipate he’ll be OK. We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”
Though the play looked scary at first, Williams’ fears were assuaged quickly once Espinosa told him what had happened.
“He never comes out [of a game],” the manage said. “But when I got out there he said they just both cramped up on him. They were still cramped when he walked off the field. He’s getting some fluids and we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”
The Nationals could ill afford to lose Espinosa right now. With four key members of the regular lineup currently on the disabled list, the once-struggling utilityman has resurrected his career and become one of the club’s most-potent hitters.
Espinosa is now hitting .255 with a .330 on-base percentage, .761 OPS and 10 homers (second-most on the team to Bryce Harper). After bouncing around five different positions earlier in the season, he has taken over as the Nationals’ regular second baseman with Anthony Rendon on the DL with a strained quadriceps muscle.
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