Espinosa leaves game
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.