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Bill Ladson

Espinosa off to slow start from right side

Former switch-hitter batting exclusively right-handed

Espinosa off to slow start from right side

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa, formerly a switch-hitter, is now hitting right-handed exclusively this spring and is off to a slow start, going 0-for-5. That does not include the at-bats he's had in Minor League camp.

Manager Matt Williams warned Espinosa not to be surprised if he gets off to a slow start. In fact, the skipper said he is not worried about the results early during Spring Training.

"His timing isn't quite there yet, but that is to be expected," Williams said. "The good thing I see is him taking balls out of the strike zone. He is not swinging at a lot of them that are down below the zone or up. He has a good knowledge of it. The timing will come. He'll get better as we go. So far, so good."

A switch-hitter since he entered the big leagues in 2010, Espinosa has had much better success from the right side of the plate. During his career, Espinosa has a .271 batting average and a .343 on-base percentage hitting from the right side (against left-handers), as opposed to a .213 batting average and a .284 on-base percentage hitting from the left (against righties).

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.