Worth noting

Danny Espinosa started at second base Wednesday against the Mets for the first time since the Nationals traded for Cabrera. Williams said his decision relied heavily on Espinosa's numbers from the right side of the plate this season, as Washington faced New York left-hander Jon Niese. Espinosa was hitting .309 in 81 at-bats as a right-handed batter entering Wednesday night.

"Given the numbers, it's a good fit," Williams said.

• Williams said he expects Wilson Ramos, who started a three-day paternity leave on Tuesday, to be on the team plane Thursday night to make the trip to Atlanta for the weekend series against the Braves.

• The Nationals optioned right-hander Blake Treinen to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday to make room on the roster for newly acquired left-hander Matt Thornton.

• With a 6-0 lead heading into the seventh inning Wednesday night against the Mets, Williams opted to pull right fielder Jayson Werth in favor of Steven Souza.
After the game, Williams said he made the decision because Werth has been dealing with lingering shoulder and neck tightness for the past week. He urged it was nothing serious, but said Werth sustained the injury about a week ago because of a "funky" swing. The first-year skipper said the team would see how Werth feels Thursday.  

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