Nationals may ask Danny Espinosa to give up switch-hitting

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Danny Espinosa has been a mess for the past two seasons, going from starting second baseman to bench player for the Nationals while hitting just .199 in 158 total games.

And now the Nationals are thinking about asking the 28-year-old to give up switch-hitting, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

For his career Espinosa has hit .271 with an .804 OPS as a right-handed hitter against left-handed pitching, compared to .213 with a .646 OPS as a left-handed hitter against right-handed pitching.

Of course, it’s not always as simple as those numbers suggest because switch-hitters get about two-thirds of their playing time versus right-handed pitchers and Espinosa has almost zero experience facing righties as a righty.

With that said, at this point it probably can’t hurt to see if Espinosa can learn how to hit reasonably well from the right side full time. His days as a switch-hitting regular are probably gone for good anyway, at least in Washington.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.