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Day off for Zim with shoulder discomfort

Jun 25, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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Davey Johnson has felt all along that Ryan Zimmerman’s surgically repaired right shoulder wouldn’t be 100 percent healthy until sometime in midseason, so the Nationals manager wasn’t particularly surprised when his third baseman noted some discomfort in that shoulder last week.

“I said in the spring that with as hard as he’s been working with it, it was going to take him at least until the middle of June to where he’d get over the hump with his shoulder,” Johnson said. “I think we’re pretty close.”

Close, but not all the way there yet, so Zimmerman got a rare night off Tuesday to let the shoulder rest.

Johnson insisted Zimmerman would be available to pinch-hit in this game and that he’d be back in the lineup Wednesday. But after hearing the veteran slugger mention the discomfort a few days ago, Johnson decided to find a break in the schedule for him. Since the Nationals also had Monday off, Zimmerman is getting a full 48 hours to rest.
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  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Ibuprofen, rest, get well fast, Zimmy.

  2. Scott Margenau - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    This makes sense actually.

  3. Scott Margenau - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Other thread full of crazy speculation. Gonna be a hell of a night sunshine! Hand me a bourbon!

  4. Noirelune - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I will not be surprised if Rizzo trade him to… the BoSox, who just sent Middlebrooks in the Minor;

  5. natsfan1a - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    What Sunshine said.

  6. JaneB - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Ibuprofen? I say go right for The Shot. Worked like a dream last time.

  7. Scott Margenau - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Good ins run

  8. Scott Margenau - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Untuck woot!!!!

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