Danny Espinosa will begin his rehab assignment Thursday at Class AAA Syracuse and is expected to play three innings in his first game, Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said. After playing for nearly six weeks with what was later discovered as a fractured right wrist, Espinosa is expected to ramp up his play time by two innings until he reaches a full game. The Nationals are eager to see how Espinosa responds to the most recent round of treatment and rest.

Espinosa, who was hit by the pitch on April 14, already began baseball activities after receiving a cortisone shot in his wrist last week. He landed on the disabled list June 4 and will have rested nine days when he returns Thursday.

Espinosa missed five games while resting his wrist after the discovery of the fracture and bone chip May 29. Knowing he wouldn’t be able to play with a fully healed wrist for the rest of the season, Espinosa played in four games and went 1 for 13 with four strikeouts before the Nationals convinced him to land on the disabled list.