"The at-bats he has taken so far are really good," Williams said. "He doesn't have any hits in 10 at-bats, but it really doesn't mean anything. He has pounded the ball pretty good left-handed. He has had a couple of balls taken from him in the infield. He hit a ball hard to center field. If those drop, now he is hitting .400.
"In those limited at-bats, you can't make a determination. What we see is him having good at-bats and putting the ball in play hard. It's exactly where he wants to be. I told him every day, 'Stay right there. That's exactly what you want.' The results aren't there, but they really don't mean [anything] right now anyway. The fact that he has taken good at-bats is important. That's all we look at."
Espinosa is coming off the worst season of his career, and he spent most of it at Triple-A Syracuse. He must cut down on his strikeouts, and entering Wednesday he had just one in those 10 at-bats, which a good sign.
Espinosa was not in Wednesday's lineup against the Mets.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.