Espinal went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's 3-1 win over Tampa Bay. Sunday was the infielder's third three-hit effort in 50 games this year. Espinal has seen more of a utility role lately, but he's 8-for-16 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored through seven games in July. Overall, the 26-year-old is slashing .321/.367/.420 through 120 plate appearances.
Espinal went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI on Saturday against Tampa Bay. Espinal took reliever Matt Wisler deep in the sixth inning for his first career home run, a two-run blast that broke the game open at 6-1. He also singled in the second, Espinal's second two-hit game in the last week. The trade of veteran Joe Panik has opened the door for Espinal to receive more starts at third base, which allows the Jays to utilize Cavan Biggio in more of a super-utility role. The 26-year-old Espinal provides a steady glove but has also put together a surprising .304/.355/.402 slash line in 110 plate appearances this season. His lack of power and speed (two steals in three attempts), however, limit his offensive appeal.
Espinal is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins. George Springer's return from the injured list Tuesday looks set to close the door on Espinal's run as an everyday player. With some combination of Springer, Randal Grichuk, Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel expected to occupy the three outfield and designated-hitter spots in most games, Cavan Biggio should move back into an everyday role at third base, where Espinal had been holding down the fort. Espinal made four straight starts at the hot corner before exiting the lineup in Tuesday's series opener in Miami.
Espinal will start at third base and bat eighth Sunday against the Orioles. Espinal will stick in the starting nine for a fourth straight game after he reached base four times (two base hits, two walks) across his four plate appearances in Saturday's 10-7 win over the Orioles. His run as the Blue Jays' everyday third baseman will likely come to an end soon since Teoscar Hernandez returned from the paternity list Sunday. Hernandez, Lourdes Gurriel and Randal Grichuk will likely form Toronto's everyday outfield for now, leaving Cavan Biggio to pick up more work at the hot corner at Espinal's expense.
Espinal was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo prior to Tuesday's game against the Yankees. Espinal was sent to Triple-A on Friday, but with Jonathan Davis being placed on the paternity list Tuesday, he finds himself back on the major-league roster. He'll provide infield depth in the coming days, though he could well be sent back to the minors once Davis is ready to rejoin the club.
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