Zuckerman: Nats' Espinosa Needs Hand Surgery

Zuckerman: Nats' Espinosa Needs Hand Surgery
November 24, 2010, 12:56 am
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 7:52 p.m.
By Mark Zuckerman


Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa will have surgery Wednesday to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his right hand, a procedure that will sideline him six weeks but gives him ample time to recover before spring training.

Espinosa had been playing winter ball in Puerto Rico, where he was hitting .281 with two homers, eight RBI, 11 extra-base hits and nine stolen bases in 22 games. According to the Nationals, his hand began bothering him last week. Doctors concluded he needed to have the hook of the hamate (which is actually an unnecessary bone near the wrist) removed.

It's a fairly common injury and procedure, especially for the Nationals. Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond and Derek Norris all underwent the same surgery in recent years, all ultimately returning to full strength.

Espinosa's surgery will be performed by Dr. Ken Means at the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore.

Espinosa, 23, was one of the organization's top-rated prospects when he made his big-league debut in September. Though he wound up hitting only .214 in 28 games, he impressed with six homers, 15 RBI and stellar defense, convincing team officials he should enter 2011 as their starting second baseman.