|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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