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.