Espinosa OK after taking pitch off helmet

Espinosa OK after taking pitch off helmet

JUPITER, Fla. -- In the first inning against the Marlins on Sunday, Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa was hit in the helmet by a pitch thrown by Florida right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

Espinosa went down as manager Jim Riggleman and assistant trainer Mike McGowan came to his assistance. Espinosa was down for about a minute before he went to first base.

"I was more surprised that he got me like that," Espinosa said. "I never had anything like that."

Espinosa would get his own version of revenge in the top of the third inning by making a great backhanded play to throw out Bryan Petersen.

"It was a ball up the middle, backhand," Espinosa said. "I knew Petersen ran well. When I got the ball, I knew I had to get rid of it. I got rid of it as fast as I could."