WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Nationals manager Davey Johnson says he’ll sit Danny Espinosa the next two games, replacing him with Steve Lombardozzi at second base as the team wraps up its series against Atlanta.
“Lombo’s got a lot of potential too and I’ve been using him as a left fielder, third baseman, playing him out of position,” Johnson said in his weekly hit with the Junkies 0n 106.7 The Fan.
Espinosa has struggled all season offensively (.172 AVG), with just 14 hits, 6 RBI and a .212 on-base percentage in 81 at-bats and 23 games played.
“He’s more of a swinger than he is a hitter,” Johnson said, and believes Espinosa’s been trying to do too much at the plate.
Johnson: But I’m going to play [Lombardozzi] the next couple of days and give him a chance
Jason Bishop: You’re going to sit Espinosa for the next two nights?
Johnson: Yep. He’s pretty good at getting on base and that’s what we’re missing right now.
The Nats rank 26th in MLB in both team batting average (.234) and team on-base percentage (.296).
Lombardozzi brings a .244 AVG and .262 OBP to the table.