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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Ryan Zimmerman exits with strained hamstring

By on 7/23/2014 12:57:00 AM

Nationals manager Matt Williams announced after Tuesday night's 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who pulled up in the sixth inning while running out an RBI grounder (video below), has a strained right hamstring and will undergo an MRI Wednesday morning. Williams described the injury as "concerning," and compared it to a similar injury sustained by catcher Wilson Ramos which required a DL stint. With the win, the Nats are 55-43 and two games ahead of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

Zimmerman, who is hitting .326/.394/.539 with three homers and 21 RBI in the last 24 games, missed 44 games after fracturing his thumb in a pickoff play at second base on April 12. Overall, in 52 games, he has posted a line of .282/.345/.456 with five homers and 36 RBI. Due to shoulder problems, Zimmerman has played 26 games in left field and several innings at first base this season.

Zimmerman and the Nats managed his inflamed shoulder throughout 2012 with DL stints and cortisone shots; he underwent surgery in October 2012. Still recovering from the surgery in 2013, Zimmerman committed 21 errors, mostly wild throws to first.  However, even with the shoulder injury hampering his swing, Zimmerman slugged 26 homeruns in 2013, along with 79 RBI and a .275/.344/.465 batting line.

Now in his age-29 season, Zimmerman was the Nationals' first round draft pick in 2005 and made his debut in September of that year. He was runner-up Rookie of the Year in 2006 (to Hanley Ramirez, then of the Florida Marlins). He was named to the NL All-Star team in 2009 and twice won the Silver Slugger award (2009, 2010). A career Nat, Zimmerman is signed to an 11-year $135 million contract that takes him though 2019 (option for 2020).

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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