The Washington Times - April 10, 2012, 12:37AM

NEW YORK — Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa stood on the right field foul line, hands on his knees, looking visibly shaken. Espinosa had just made an impressive play to field an errant throw to first by pitcher Henry Rodriguez and fire a strike to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to hold Mike Baxter at third base. And, for the time being, keep the game alive.

He’d also taken Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada’s elbow to the right side of his head.


The trainers came out to check on Espinosa, as did manager Davey Johnson, but he was allowed to remain in the game after some initial dizziness wore off. The Nationals did not plan to put him through any concussion testing and Espinosa said after the game that he was feeling OK.

“I just needed a second,” he said.

“He was a little dizzy,” Johnson said. “But he said he’s going to be all right… He just got stunned.”

– The Washington Nationals suffered another injury to one of their top prospects Monday night when outfielder Brian Goodwin was pulled from Single-A Hagerstown’s game with an apparent leg injury. The Nationals were still assessing the injury late Monday night.

The Nationals selected Goodwin with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2011 draft and gave him a $3 million bonus. He immediately became one of their top outfield prospects and was off to a superb start to his professional career with a .375 average, five walks and two home runs in his first five games.

We’ll know more about the injury in the morning, most likely, but suffice it to say it’s been a rough go of things at the start for the Nationals’ minor leagues. Two days ago, Anthony Rendon suffered a badly sprained left ankle running the bases and the Nationals also have several of their top prospects still in Viera, Fla. at extended spring training.