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Williams looking to keep Espinosa fresh

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NEW YORK -- Nationals manager Matt Williams stopped short of saying that he would platoon Danny Espinosa and Asdrubal Cabrera at second base. However, Williams said he would like to give Espinosa playing time.

The switch-hitting Espinosa is hitting .217 for the season, but has a .299 batting average from the right side of the plate. Since Cabrera arrived in a trade from the Indians on Aug. 1, Espinosa has received two starts at second when facing left-handers.

"We want to make sure Danny stays as fresh as possible with his at-bats," Williams said. "It's an opportunity that when we [face] a lefty starter, we want to get him playing time. Does that mean a platoon, strictly? No. But it's important for [Espinosa] to have at-bats and play. He has been playing really well. He is hitting well right-handed. He plays a great second base and all of that. If opportunities are there to hit right-handed against lefties ... we might as well take advantage of it."

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.

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