Danny Espinosa's natural position is shortstop, but Ian Desmond currently occupies the position for the Nationals.
That's not stopping Espinosa from manning short Monday night as Desmond gets a day off.
With Espinosa's .246/.271/.526 line in 59 plate appearances making it more and more likely that he opens 2011 with the major-league team, would Washington return him to short?
"No chance," manager Jim Riggleman told MASN Sports .
That will relegate Espinosa to second base permanently, which he started playing regularly six weeks ago in anticipation of a September call-up.
Desmond has 33 errors in the game, but scouts believe that number will eventually drop. Couple that with some of the best range in the game, and it's understandable why the Nats wouldn't want to move the rookie off short. Desmond, 24, is hitting .279/.316/.416 in 521 PA.
-- Evan Brunell
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