Aug 25, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Danny Espinosa (8) in the dugout prior to playing the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Nationals 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Espinosa and Morse May Miss Dodgers Series


Both Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa may not be available to play in the upcoming series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Danny Espinosa is experiencing pain in his left shoulder. It has been affecting his ability to connect at the plate, where he is 3-30 in his last eight games played. The trouble seems to have started with the Mets series, when Danny went 1-7 in two games. He received the third game of the series off. During the Marlins series Espinosa went 2-12, and in the Braves series he was 0-11. Davey Johnson pinch hit for Espinosa in the bottom of the ninth in the last game of the series, sending Steve Lombardozzi to the plate in his place.

Espinosa will have an MRI on his left shoulder and will likely miss the Dodgers series. If the problem is serious, Espinosa may be shut down for the rest of the year.

Michael Morse is still experiencing pain from a bone bruise in his wrist. Davey Johnson will not let him back into the lineup until he can take a full BP session, which has not yet happened. Morse did not play during the Nats sweep by the Atlanta Braves, and there is no timetable for his return.

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