Espinosa to have MRI on sore left shoulder

Espinosa to have MRI on sore left shoulder

Espinosa to have MRI on sore left shoulder
ATLANTA -- Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa will undergo an MRI on Monday afternoon due to a sore left shoulder that has been bothering him for about a week, manager Davey Johnson said after Sunday night's 5-1 loss to the Braves.

Espinosa will likely miss the Nationals' entire series against the Dodgers this week due to the injury, Johnson added.

Johnson said the injury has sapped Espinosa of his strength, to the point that the manager's "little iron man" even admitted it was bothering him toward the end of Sunday's game. Espinosa, who declined to comment through a team spokesman, went 0-for-11 with nine strikeouts and a double-play groundout in the series and was pinch-hit for in the ninth inning.

"I'm a little worried about Espinosa," Johnson said. "He never wants to come out of the game, but I wasn't going to let him hit left-handed, and he said it's even bothering him right-handed, so I'm very concerned about him."

Espinosa, who has played in 144 of Washington's 146 games this season, has recorded only one hit dating back to Sept. 9, the last day of an 11-game homestand. In the 10 games before that at Nationals Park, Espinosa was on fire, hitting .375 with four doubles and two homers.

"Hopefully, it will just be something little and he'll get it checked out," third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. "Hopefully, it'll be nothing and he'll be ready to go, maybe he'll take a couple days or something, but having the day off [Monday] I'm sure helps."