"He is a tough kid. I would probably have to get clearance from the doctor and let the doctor fight Espinosa," manager Davey Johnson said.
Espinosa thought his injury was a lot worse. He thought he may have had a torn labrum or rotator cuff because he had a tough time generating power, but Espinosa was relieved to learn that he had a bruise. He later received a cortisone shot.
"This is the best news we could have gotten," Espinosa said. "If it was a labrum tear or a rotator cuff tear, I would have surgery during the offseason. I didn't know there was going to be a bruise in there. It's definitely the best news I could have gotten."
Espinosa injured the shoulder while making a diving play against the Marlins earlier this month and had problems swinging the bat. He has one hit in his last 22 at-bats and noticed that he was late on every pitch.
"I felt something kind of pop or something kind of jammed," Espinosa said. "I grabbed my bat to see if it was hurting or not. I took a swing and I could tell it was weak. I didn't want to say anything. I thought it would eventually go away. I was in the batting cages warming up with [hitting coach Rick] Eckstein every day. It was kind of a struggle to get [the shoulder] loose and I couldn't get it loose. It was about the same feeling that I had every day."
Espinosa has been an iron man for the Nationals this season. He has appeared in 144 of their 146 games and didn't miss a game from May 30 to Sept. 11.