Espinosa fine after taking a pitch to the head

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JUPITER, Fla. — Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa said he was fine after getting hit in the helmet with a pitch from Ricky Nolasco in the first inning Sunday.

Espinosa stayed down on the ground in the batters box for a few minutes while being attended to by manager Jim Riggleman and the training staff, but eventually walked gingerly to first base and stayed in the game.

“He kept saying, ‘I’m fine,’ he just wasn’t getting up yet,” Riggleman said.

“It didn’t really square me up,” Espinosa said. “It was just more surprising to get hit like that… It got me more, I think, than a graze but it definitely didn’t square me up.”

He was checked for concussion symptoms but didn’t seem to have any issues later in the game, making several strong defensive plays at second base and continuing his improvement at the position. Espinosa played the majority of his minor league career as a shortstop.

“I’m comfortable (at second),” Espinosa said. “To me there’s no worries as far as ground balls or a double play. I feel great over there.”

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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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