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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Ryan Zimmerman could be out 6-8 weeks

By on 7/26/2014 07:00:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Nationals expect third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to be out 6-8 weeks with his strained right hamstring. Zimmerman suffered the injury running out a grounder on July 22.

In the three games since Zimmerman's injury, the Nats have used Rendon at third, with Espinosa, Zach Walters and Kevin Frandsen each starting one game at second.

In addition to the hamstring injury, Zimmerman, missed 44 games after fracturing his thumb in a pickoff play at second base on April 12. In 52 games, he has posted a line of .282/.345/.456 with five homers and 36 RBI. Due to shoulder problems, Zimmerman played 26 games in left field and several innings at first base this season.

Zimmerman and the Nats managed the 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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