Nationals shut down Danny Espinosa for the season

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Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa has been shut down for the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury, the team announced.

According to manager Matt Williams it’s a “slight tear” and would normally require about four weeks of rest and rehab, so rather than risk a more serious injury they simply ended Espinosa’s season.

He finishes the year hitting .240 with 13 homers and a .719 OPS in 118 games, which is a big bounceback following back-to-back rough seasons and could be enough to make the 28-year-old appealing to other teams via trade if the Nationals decide not to keep him around as a regular.

Cody Bellinger continues to lead all All-Star vote-getters

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As you’ll recall, we have a new All-Star voting system in place this year. It’s a two-tiered system.

The “the Primary,” is underway and runs through June 21. That’s just the regular “vote for whoever you want stuff.” After it’s over, the top three vote-getters at each position will then be placed on a new ballot — “The Starter’s Election” — from which fans will then vote again during a single 28-hour period to decide who starts the All-Star Game. The results of that will be announced on June 27. The bench guys and pitchers and stuff will be chosen as usual, with full rosters announced a couple of days later.

Major League Baseball just gave us an update of who’s leading the primary. The overall leaders at each position break down thusly:

Here are the more extensive leaderboards, with the shaded names belonging to players who, if voting stopped now, would make the second round. First, the American League:

And now the National League:

Vote early, vote often.