NEW YORK -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson decided to give second baseman Danny Espinosa the day off on Tuesday after Espinosa collided with Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in the ninth inning the previous night. Stephen Lombardozzi received the start at second base.
"With all [injuries] going on, [Espinosa] got hit pretty good," Johnson said. "I didn't want him to go out there with a stiff neck or being woozy. Based on last year, I hardly ever took him out of a game. But I'm going to be cautious."
Tejada came to the plate and bunted the ball toward reliever Henry Rodriguez, who threw the ball past Espinosa for a two-base error. During the play, Tejada and Espinosa collided at first base. Espinosa was dazed, but prevented Michael Baxter from scoring with a great throw to third base.
The Mets would win the game, 4-3, on a walk-off single by Daniel Murphy. After the game, Espinosa went to see the doctor, who found nothing wrong with him. Espinosa was also able to sleep without any problems.
"I feel great. I went to the doctors after we got done. They wanted to make sure I was all right," Espinosa said. "I didn't have any symptoms. ... I went to sleep and I didn't feel nauseous. Nothing seemed wrong this morning. I feel good."