Johnson feels that Espinosa is simply trying too hard. Entering Monday's action, Espinosa was 7-for-36 (.194) with a home run and four RBIs.
"He has played almost every inning under me since I've been here. I like him a lot," Johnson said. "He is mentally pressing a little bit. He is not alone. [Ryan Zimmerman] is in that category. I'm thinking about giving him a blow. It's just a mental break.
"Guys who have a [good] makeup, they try to do too much. They try to make it happen. What happens is that you expand the zone and you get yourself out more than you should."