Espinosa leaves game

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Danny Espinosa left Satur­day’s sec­ond game in the ninth in­ning with cramp­ing in both calves, which felt more pro­nounced when he dove for a ground­ball in the Na­tion­als’ 4-2 loss to the Dodgers. Espinosa played in both games on a hu­mid Satur­day.

“He never comes out [of games],” Wil­liams said. “When I got out there, he said they both cramped up on him. It was still cramped when he was walk­ing off the field. He’s get­ting some flu­ids and we’ll see how he is [Sun­day].”

With no outs in the top of the ninth in­ning, Adrian Gon­za­lez hit a ground­ball to the right side of the in­field. Espinosa ran to­ward the ball, dove for it and missed it. Espinosa was slow to get up. He grabbed both of his legs and was helped up by first base­man Clint Robin­son.

He then walked off the field gingerly with the help of a trainer, with Wil­liams nearby.

“He’ll be fine,” Wil­liams said. “He had cramps in both calves. So as he was go­ing for the ball, they both cramped up on him. You could tell by the dive it wasn’t real pleas­ant to watch be­cause he kind of fell over. I an­tic­i­pate he’ll be okay.”

Espinosa, a steady pres­ence this sea­son as the Na­tion­als have dealt with a slew of in­juries, was re­placed by D.C. na­tive Em­manuel Burriss.

Burriss, a Wil­son High grad­u­ate, sin­gled off Dodgers closer Ken­ley Jansen for his first hit as a mem­ber of his home­town team.

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