MLB notes: Washington Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa has broken wrist

Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) leaps over Chicago Cubs first baseman Jeff...

Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) leaps over Chicago Cubs first baseman Jeff Baker (3) during a double play in the seventh inning of their season-opening MLB baseball game in Chicago, Illinois, April 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

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Danny Espinosa finally found out what has been bothering his right wrist.

The Washington Nationals infielder has been playing with a fracture since he was hit by a pitch April 14 against the Atlanta Braves.

The original X-rays did not pick up the injury, although the results may have been obscured by the initial swelling.

"It's not that it's getting any worse," Espinosa told the Washington Post. "I knew after the first four or five days I sat that I was going to have to deal with some discomfort. But every player, you're going to deal with some discomfort through games. I was thinking after a couple weeks some of it would start to go away."

For now, the Nats will rest Espinosa for two or three days and give him treatment, hoping to alleviate the swelling and pain and avoid placing him on the 15-day disabled list.

Espinosa has struggled this season, batting .163 with three home runs and 12 RBIs through 39 games.

Victorino, Middlebrooks on DL

The Boston Red Sox are down two bats.

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks and outfielder Shane Victorino were placed on the disabled list Friday.

Middlebrooks left Thursday's game in Boston against the Cleveland Indians because of back spasms, while Victorino has not played since Monday after injuring his left hamstring.

The Red Sox called up infielder Jose Iglesias and pitcher Alfredo Aceves from Triple A Pawtucket.


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