Ryan Zimmerman (3B) was informed that the MRI performed on his shoulder showed no structural damage, just inflammation. Although Zimmerman was replaced in today's lineup by Anthony Rendon, he was not placed on the DL and appeared as a pinch hitter in the game. For the short term, the Nationals plan to adjust Zimmerman's throwing workouts to minimize wear-and-tear on the shoulder. A permanent move to first base (or even a platoon with lefty Adam LaRoche) is "not imminent," said Williams, again according to Zuckerman. The longer term implications of Zimmerman's injury were examined in this post by Sports Injury Alert.
Doug Fister (SP) threw from 60 feet today. Pitching coach Steve McCatty reported that he did not feel pain in either his back or his elbow. The next step is to throw from 90 feet on flat ground, and then progess to a mound. Considering that Fister, who missed almost all of spring training, will have to build up arm strength and then make a minor-league rehab start or two, it will probably be three weeks to a month before he returns. When he does, the Nationals may have a tough decision to make, because Taylor Jordan and
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