Espino didn't factor into the decision during an 8-7 win over the Phillies in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, giving up three runs on seven hits over four innings. He struck out four. Making his third career start in the majors and first since 2017, Espino threw 41 of 66 pitches for strikes before getting the hook. The Nats have not yet been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, so with Espino not scheduled for another start before the season ends Sunday, it wouldn't be surprising to see him dropped from the roster for a fresh bullpen arm.
Espino will start the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Espino will be making his first appearance of the season. The 33-year-old's only big-league experience to date came back in 2017, when he struggled to a 6.00 ERA in 24 innings for the Brewers and Rangers.
Espino's contract was selected by the Nationals on Monday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports. Espino will join a major-league roster for the first time since 2017 as he's had lackluster results in the minors over the past two seasons. He was at the Nationals' alternate training site to begin the season, and he could now be an option to start one of the games in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies.
Espino has been named to the Nationals' 60-man player pool, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports. The 33-year-old's only big-league experience came back in 2017 for the Brewers and Rangers, and since then he's bounced around Triple-A, posting a 5.65 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 93:24 K:BB in 92.1 innings for Fresno last season. Espino will provide emergency pitching depth for the Nats during the abbreviated 2020 campaign.
Espino inked a minor-league deal with the Brewers on Wednesday. Espino was released by Texas on April 21 after appearing in three games for the Rangers' Triple-A club. In those outings, he allowed 10 earned runs over just six innings of relief and wasn't able to find any sort of groove on the mound. The 31-year-old spent some time with Milwaukee last season, but he largely failed to impress. Expect Espino to remain at the Triple-A level for the foreseeable future barring a stream of injuries to the Brewers' relievers.