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Nats Shake Things Up: Espinosa to DL, Rodriguez, Duke DFA’d, Rendon Recalled

by Chris Lingebach
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Henry Rodriguez #63 of the Washington Nationals closes out the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on May 10, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Nationals defeated the Pirates 4-2. (Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Henry Rodriguez #63 of the Washington Nationals closes out the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on May 10, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Nationals defeated the Pirates 4-2. (Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The Washington Nationals have sent second baseman Danny Espinosa to the DL, demoted reliever Henry Rodriguez, and called up Anthony Rendon for the second time this season.

While no official announcement was made by the team right away, the news was no less shocking when reporters showed up to the clubhouse Tuesday to find the lockers of both Espinosa and HRod cleared out, and Rendon walking around the locker room.

The extent of the changes made to the Nats lineup hit in waves, leaving a lot to sort through as the information was processed.

Espinosa has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, after playing with a partially broken wrist and possibly a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder. Davey Johnson says he’ll see a hand specialist on Wednesday.

And it appears the Henry Rodriguez project is over. The flame-throwing right-handed reliever has struggled to find command with his fastball throughout his three seasons with the Nats, and has been designated for assignment, along with reliever Zach Duke.

Along with Rendon, the Nats called up left-handed reliever Ian Krol, acquired in March as the player-to-be named in the Michael Morse trade with Seattle.

As a side note, Johnson also says Strasburg is on pace to return June 8 (vs. Twins), after being placed on the 15-day DL, following his early injury exit from his last start.

It’s a lot of info to take in, especially with all these transactions happening in one day.

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