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Monday, September 15, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Ryan Zimmerman to play simulated game Tuesday

By on 9/15/2014 07:15:00 PM

It looks like Washington Nationals third/first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has a chance to get in game shape before the regular season ends. The veteran went threw a full workout Monday and will play three innings of a simulated game in Florida on Tuesday, reports Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider.

Zimmerman is slated to play three innings at first base along with other players participating in the upcoming Florida Instructional League. Asked why first base, manager Matt Williams replied, “It’s kind of the easiest spot for him, so we’ll able to simulate that a little bit more.” “It’s a shorter distance for him to turn and run and get into game situations.”

Zuckerman notes that because they aren’t real games, Zimmerman can play as much or as little as the Nationals want. He can lead off each inning. He can elect not to run too hard and risk further injury to the hamstring.

Ryan Zimmerman
In the 17 games before he was injured running out a grounder on July 22,  Zimmerman slashed 387/.437/.613 with two homers and 17 RBI.  He also fractured his thumb in a pickoff play April 12 and missed 44 games. Overall, in 53 games, Zimmerman has posted a line of .282/.345/.456 (OPS+ 121) with five homers and 36 RBI. Due to on-going 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 home runs 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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