Apr 13, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) watches his solo homer during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals' Danny Espinosa getting time at short

He’s competing with Anthony Rendon for the starting second base job, but Danny Espinosa is getting the majority of his work so far this spring at shortstop.

Mark Zuckerman of Comcast SportsNet Washington details the work of Espinosa, who has been splitting time with incumbent shortstop Ian Desmond during workouts.

When Nationals infielders take their positions for defensive drills, Espinosa has been joining Ian Desmond at short, shifting to second only for the latter stages of workouts. He did start at second base in Friday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Mets but today is starting at shortstop as the Nationals host the Braves and will continue to bounce back and forth between the two.

Espinosa has always played second fiddle to Desmond. The 26-year old was a natural shortstop in the minor leagues but had to shift to second base because Desmond had already established himself. He had two full seasons in 2011 and 2012, but a significant drop off in offensive production in 2013 resulted in his demotion to the minors and paved the way for Rendon to make an impact. Coming through at the plate is going to be a huge determining factor in the role that Espinosa plays for the Nationals.

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