MIAMI -- With Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman out for a lengthy period of time because of a right hamstring injury, manager Matt Williams said he will not hand the job to anyone at second base.
The job had belonged to Anthony Rendon, but he is now the everyday third baseman. Williams has decided that three players -- Danny Espinosa, Zach Walters and Kevin Frandsen -- will split time at second base.
"It's going to be a daily thing. If we get to a point where somebody gets hot, we'll certainly ride the hot hand," Williams said. "But we still have to look at it day by day."
Espinosa received the start against the Marlins on Monday night because Williams liked the way Espinosa looked at the plate against the Reds the previous day. Espinosa went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the Nationals' 4-2 victory at Cincinnati. His leadoff single in the fifth sparked a three-run inning against Reds right-hander Mat Latos.
"I liked the way Danny played [Sunday]," Williams said. "He hit three balls right on the button. Yesterday, he was a lot calmer at the plate. So I liked that. We certainly appreciate his defense as well. He played well yesterday, he feels good about it. We put him in the lineup today."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.