Danny Espinosa was finally placed on the disabled list earlier this week after playing through a broken bone in his right wrist for the past month, but he’s going to attempt to rehab the injury for now.
According to Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that Espinosa received a cortisone shot in the wrist today and is expected to resume baseball activities in 4-5 days. As for the pre-existing tear in his left rotator cuff, Johnson said that an MRI revealed “a little injury,” but it doesn’t appear to be a major concern at this time.
Espinosa was batting just .158/.193/.272 through 44 games this season, so the hope is that the extended rest will get him back on track. Anthony Rendon will handle second base duties while he’s on the mend.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.