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Friday, August 1, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Ryan Zimmerman shut down for at least two weeks

By on 8/01/2014 03:30:00 PM

Although the Washington Nationals have still not issued an official statement of the severity of Ryan Zimmerman's right hamstring strain, they have stated that he will not perform any activity for at least two weeks.'s Daniel Popper reports that the Nationals third baseman will be re-evaluated after that period to see if he can start strengthening exercises.

Manager Matt Williams told Popper that they wouldn't really know anything about Zimmerman's condition until the two weeks were up and he could test the hamstring:
"There's not tests that we can put him through that would say, 'Well, you've progressed X amount,' or anything like that because he's just shut down."
GM Mike Rizzo said that the acquisition of Asdrubal Cabrera would not have been necessary if it had not been for the injury to Zimmerman. Although the Nationals are being very non-committal about the severity of the condition, reports have emerged that he has a Grade 3 hamstring strain, the most severe diagnosis, and many have speculated he could be done for the season.

With Zimmerman out, Anthony Rendon will play third place and former Indians shortstop Cabrera will play second, with Ian Desmond at short for the Nationals. Danny Espinosa will have to act as utility infielder and get the occasional spot start. Cabrera last played second base in 2009, when he made 28 starts there, and has played exclusively shortstop ever since. Per Baseball-Reference, Defensive Runs Saved has him as below average defensively at short since the start of the 2012 season.

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