Espinosa returns to leadoff spot for finale

Espinosa returns to leadoff spot for finale

WASHINGTON -- Danny Espinosa was back in the leadoff spot for Sunday's series finale against Baltimore after getting most of the previous night off as he deals with an ongoing slump.

Manager Davey Johnson said Espinosa has been showing signs of frustration at the plate, but he is confident the second baseman will get back on track. Espinosa is batting just .207 with three homers and seven RBIs.

In the seventh inning of Friday's 2-1 loss to the Orioles, Bryce Harper singled, and Espinosa was asked to bunt him into scoring position. However, he struck out when his bunt attempt went foul with two strikes, stalling any type of rally.

"I just felt like he's struggling a little bit," Johnson said Sunday. "He had two strikes [Friday night] and he bunted on his own. I just sense a little frustration there. He's a heck of a talent."

Espinosa entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Orioles and lined out to left field.