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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Nats' Ryan Zimmerman resting today; will play Saturday

By on 3/27/2014 03:00:00 PM

Ryan Zimmerman's shoulder troubles were a key issue in the Washington Nationals' slow start to the 2013 season, so everyone has fingers crossed that he is healed enough to routinely make accurate throws across the diamond. Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post reports that the third baseman (and possible future first baseman) is out today, feeling "some soreness" after playing in a minor-league game yesterday as well as "a stomach issue." Not his shoulder, manager Matt Williams clarified [italics mine], not his shoulder. Williams expects Zimmerman to play Saturday in an exhibition game with the Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park. The Nats open their season in New York against the Mets on March 31.

Photo by Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons

Zimmerman's offense has never been in question. Even with the shoulder injury hampering his swing, he slugged 26 homeruns in 2013, along with 79 RBI and a .275/.344/.465 batting line. However, this play in April of 2012 can't have helped the shoulder.
Zimmerman and the Nats managed the inflamed shoulder throughout 2012 with DL stints and cortisone shots, but the problem persisted well into the next season, with Zimmerman committing 21 errors, mostly wild throws to first. Nats fans took to calling them "rainbows." For a lot of the season he played close in to lesson the length of his throw—but that also lessened his range. The Nationals have considered moving Zimmerman to first base and invested in a big glove for him, but he played only one game there in spring training.Yesterday, the Nats signed corner infielder Kevin Frandsen to back up Adam LaRoche at first, so it's looking less and less likely that Zimmerman will  spend much time there in 2014.

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