WASHINGTON (AP) — As part of rookie manager Matt Williams' emphasis on defense, the Washington Nationals regularly schedule extra infield practice for their backups.
On Wednesday, starters Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa and Anthony Rendon took part.
That's because the Nationals' errors — and, not coincidentally, losses — have been mounting.
Entering its game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Washington already had accumulated a majors-high 23 errors, more than one per game, and its .970 fielding percentage also was the worst in the big leagues.
"It's never too late to right the ship, and that's something we're going to do. Simple as that," said shortstop Desmond, whose eight errors through Tuesday were more than three clubs had.
Desmond said he "was more than happy" to take part in the additional drills.