One day after it was revealed by the Nationals that infielder Danny Espinosa has been dealing with a right hamstring injury, manager Matt Williams said the next step will be an MRI, set for Tuesday.
Espinosa has a right hamstring strain that was diagnosed after he underwent an ultrasound. Now he will require further testing before they can determine exactly how long he will be sidelined.
Williams said Espinosa sustained the injury on Sept. 14 in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on a play in the 11th inning. Espinosa scored the winning run after drawing a walk as a pinch-hitter.
"I believe it was on the slide in Philly. He scored from third base on a slide in Philly and felt it there. He was really non-functional the next day. Then, we've been trying to get him a spot where he can pinch-hit potentially and we can run for him since we've got extra guys. But other than that, he really hasn't been able to go," Williams explained.
Espinosa, 28, is batting .240/.311/.409 with 13 homers, 37 RBI and 59 runs scored in 118 games this season. He has appeared in one game since hurting his hamstring, as he had one at-bat as a pinch-hitter on Sept. 17 against the Marlins.
Anthony Rendon, who is usually their starting second baseman, was also out on Sunday with the flu. That thrust rookie Trea Turner into the Nats lineup and he produced with a single, a walk and a run.