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.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.