Espino (1-2) picked up the win Wednesday, allowing three hits over five scoreless innings in a 3-1 victory over the Pirates. He struck out two without walking a batter.
The 34-year-old stifled the Pittsburgh offense just long enough to record his first career win in the majors, tossing an efficient 53 pitches (39 strikes). Espino has provided some crucial depth for a Nats rotation currently missing its top two arms in Max Scherzer (groin) and Stephen Strasburg (neck), and he'll take a 2.28 ERA and 21:3 K:BB through 27.2 innings into his next outing.
Espino will start Wednesday's game against the Pirates, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
The 34-year-old worked in long relief Friday after Max Scherzer (groin) exited with an injury, and he'll make a spot start Wednesday with Scherzer now on the injured list. Espino threw 56 pitches over 3.1 frames Friday, which was the first time since his season debut April 18 that he covered more than two innings, so he may have a tough time reaching the five-inning minimum to qualify for a win. He's pitched well this season with a 2.78 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 19:3 K:BB over 22.2 innings.
Espino (0-2) took the loss Friday as the Nationals fell 1-0 to the Giants, allowing one run on three hits over 3.1 innings of relief. He struck out five without walking a batter.
Pressed into service in the first inning after Max Scherzer (groin) lasted only 12 pitches, Espino kept the Nats in the game and set new season highs for longest outing and most strikeouts. Unfortunately, Anthony DeSclafani was busy tossing a two-hit shutout for the opposition. If Scherzer ends up missing additional time, Espino could see plenty of work in the short term, either by making spot starts or in a multi-inning relief role during bullpen days. On the season, the 34-year-old journeyman has a surprising 2.78 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 19:3 K:BB through 22.2 innings.
Espino was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
The 34-year-old was demoted Tuesday but will quickly rejoin the big-league club with Tanner Rainey (undisclosed) and Erick Fedde (undisclosed) on the COVID-19 injured list. Espino has pitched well in eight appearances with a 2.57 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 8:1 K:BB across 14 innings this season.
Espino was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Espino spent four days on the big-league roster during his latest stint with the team, allowing a run in both of his relief appearances. Patrick Corbin returned form the paternity list in a corresponding move.
Espino was recalled by the Nationals on Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Espino made six appearances during his previous stint with the team, posting a 1.64 ERA and 0.55 WHIP in 11 innings. Patrick Corbin landed on the paternity list in a corresponding move.
Espino was optioned Wednesday to Triple-A, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
The righty yields his roster spot to reliever Wander Suero. Espino was effective after being called up April 18, posting a 1.64 ERA in six appearances, one of which was a start.
Espino pitched a perfect ninth inning in Saturday's 7-1 win over the Mets, retiring the side on 11 pitches.
Espino was making his first appearance for the Nationals since April 18, when he was summoned for a spot start against the Diamondbacks after Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) was moved to the injured list shortly before the game. Though Strasburg remains without a clear timeline to return from the IL, the Nationals will be able to get by with a four-man rotation until Jon Lester (COVID-19 injured list) is cleared to make his season debut, likely at some point during the upcoming week. As a result, Espino will likely fill a low-leverage relief role for the Nationals while he remains on the active roster.
Espino (0-1) allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three in 4.1 innings to take the loss against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Espino stepped in as Sunday's starter on short notice after Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Espino gave up a leadoff home run against Arizona but settled down in the next two innings. While the right-hander performed fairly well in his season debut, it's not yet clear whether he'll stay with the major-league club going forward.
The Nationals selected Espino's contract from their alternate site Sunday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Espino is scheduled to make a spot start in place of the injured Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) in the Nationals' series finale with the Diamondbacks.
Strasburg's surprise move to the 10-day injured list opens up a spot in the rotation, but Espino won't necessarily be guaranteed to make additional starts beyond Sunday. Considering that the 34-year-old Espino has made just three previous MLB starts and owns a 5.70 ERA over 30 career innings, he'll likely have a short leash against the Diamondbacks before manager Dave Martinez turns the game over to the bullpen.
Espino was invited to spring training by the Nationals on Wednesday.
Espino elected free agency in October after he was outrighted off the Nationals' 40-man roster, but he'll rejoin the club and compete for a roster spot during spring training. He made two appearances for Washington in 2020, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings.
Espino elected free agency Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Espino was waived and outrighted earlier this week, but he elected to to test his luck on the open market rather than accept the outright assignment. With a 5.70 ERA in 30 career major-league innings, he may be forced to settle for a minor-league deal.
Espino was outrighted off the Nationals' 40-man roster Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Espino made two appearances for the Nationals this season, his first in the majors since 2017. He allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings while striking out seven and walking two. He now owns a 5.70 ERA in 30 career big-league frames.
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.
Espino was released from Triple-A Round Rock by the Rangers, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Jettisoning Espino cleared a roster spot for the recently acquired Tony Sanchez. The 31-year-old Espino had given up 10 runs on 10 hits and four walks over six innings for Frisco.
Espino agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with Texas on Thursday.
Espino finished the 2017 season with the Rangers after being dealt from Milwaukee in late August for cash considerations. He wound up seeing a little bit of action in September, which brought his cumulative ERA to 6.00 with a 1.37 WHIP in 24 innings between both clubs. Although he was recently cast off the 40-man roster in October, Espino cleared waivers and decided to return to the Rangers on a minor-league deal. He will likely begin the 2018 season with Triple-A Round Rock while providing organizational depth for the bullpen.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/16||vs PIT||W 3-1||1||5.0||3||0||0||2|
|06/11||vs SF||L 0-1||1||3.1||3||1||0||5|
|06/08||@ TB||L 1-3||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|06/06||@ PHI||L 6-12||1.1||2||2||1||0|
|06/03||@ ATL||L 1-5||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|06/01||@ ATL||W 11-6||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|05/29||vs MIL||L 2-6||1.0||1||0||1||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||AAA-Round Rock Express||3.0||1||0||0||1||0||0||4||1||1||3.00||0.667|
|2017||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||75.2||16||14||0||4||2||0||73||14||86||4.55||1.330|
|2018||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||54.0||19||10||0||4||5||0||52||22||62||4.83||1.556|
|2018||AAA-Round Rock Express||6.0||3||0||0||0||0||0||6||4||10||15.00||2.333|