Johnson hopes to get more from Espinosa on offense

SAN DIEGO -- Manager Davey Johnson decided not to start second baseman Danny Espinosa in Thursday's game against the Padres.

Espinosa is 22-for-124 (.177) to start the season, and Johnson had a talk with Espinosa before the game and hopes to have more conversations with Espinosa in the future. Johnson didn't go into details on what was said, but it was obvious he wants Espinosa to improve his hitting.

Johnson still believes in Espinosa and called him a driven ballplayer, who is trying to do too much at the plate.

"When you start to do too much, sometimes you get into some bad habits, mechanics can go a little bad," Johnson said. "It was a good conversation. I hope it opens up to more conversations.

"I know a little something about hitting. I know how hard it was when we had a tendency to try more things than we should be trying. I think in [Espinosa's] case and his will to really do well and help this team, he has been trying to do too much. Hopefully, he can relax work on some things and he'll be fine."

Johnson started Steve Lombardozzi at second base, and he went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 6-2 victory over the Padres.