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Zimmerman awaits MRI, describes shoulder soreness

Apr 6, 2014, 11:51 AM EST

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After leaving Saturday’s game with pain in his right shoulder, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is awaiting the results of an MRI exam as the team gets set to close out their series with the Braves in Washington. Zimmerman does not know his prognosis, but says he has a new level of discomfort since having arthroscopic surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder in October of 2012.

“It’s felt good sometimes, it’s felt bad sometimes, but it’s never really felt like this. That’s why I brought it to the attention of the coaches.”

Zimmerman has had well-documented struggles throwing to first base from third. He committed another error in the fourth inning of the Nats’ loss to the Braves on Saturday, a mistake that proved costly.

Zimmerman expressed frustration with his continued struggles throwing the ball. He won a Gold Glove in 2009 and is otherwise one of the most sound fielding third basemen in the game.

“It’s been a tough two-and-a-half years, or however long it has been. But what can you do? You just have to keep working and trying to get through it,” he said.

Zimmerman is expected to see time at first base this season in case he needs to switch positions some day. On Sunday he was asked if that move will come sooner than expected.

“I don’t know if I’ve really thought about it yet. Obviously I love playing third base and I feel like I’ve been a good third baseman, but we’ll have to assess what is going on and see what we do.”

Zimmerman has not been placed on the disabled list yet. He is out of the Sunday lineup, but still listed on the team’s lineup card. As to whether he will be heading the DL, Zimmerman is unsure.

“It’s not ‘definitely.’ We haven’t even talked about it yet. I don’t even know what the results of the tests are yet. We’ll go through that like we usually do and go from there.”

We should find out more on Zimmerman’s situation after the game, so stay tuned.

  1. NatsLady - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Got new-posted. Here is what I wrote in the other thread. Now, off to the game.

    Going to the game, but a couple of quick observations.

    (1) the “past a diving” was actually Rendon.

    (2) Much as I despise Ryan Braun, he said something about why can’t take a “normal” swing (he has a long-standing nerve injury in his thumb) that might apply to RZ: ” it’s like touching a hot stove. Much as you may want to keep your hand on the stove, your instinct takes over, and you can’t.” If Ryan is feeling that kind of pain when he tries to make an overhand throw, then you can see why he fails at it. Even if he doesn’t actually feel the pain on a given day, the memory of the pain could be overwhelmed. You can call that “mental” if you want. Today Ryan said his shoulder felt worse than it has since the surgery. The surgery was a long time ago (November of 2012 if I recall). So, a year and a half later, it has not improved, or at least it’s inconsistent.

    • David Proctor - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Yes, I was also going to point out that the “past a diving” was Rendon and not Zim. Zim was taken out after the inning he committed the error.

    • sjm308 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      Maybe I am completely wrong here but I keep score at games I attend

      I have Zimms error in the 4th inning
      Here is where I could be wrong but I have him hitting a fly to right in the 5th which means he played the field in the 5th inning as well and that was the inning they scored 4 runs and he dove and missed one of those singles.

      I have Espinosa’s first at bat in the 6th, a fly to left field.

      Box score has Zimm 0-2 and Espinosa 0-2

      I think it was Zimm diving in the 5th inning

      • sjm308 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Just checked again and that 2nd at bat was the 4th inning so I am now thinking it might have been Rendon in the 5th inning. Sorry for the mixup

      • Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Trust your scorebook sjm. Espi didn’t come in to replace Zim until the top of the 6th inning.

    • Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      For the record, as I noted in the last post, the big hit by Uggla in the 5th inning (the most consequential play of the game according to B-R, more important than the Zim error) was in fact “past a diving Zim.” Zim didn’t leave the game until after Frandsen PH’d for Barrett in the bottom of the 5th. Rendon’s first inning at 3B was the 6th. (I mistakenly said in the last post that Espi PH’d for Stras. I apologize for that error. But there is no doubt that Zim played in the field during the 5th inning.)

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Sorry, NatsLady, you’re wrong. Zim was still in at 3rd in the top of the 5th. 2 runs scored after a line drive by Uggla past a diving Ryan Zimmerman. Freeman and Johnson scored, and JUpton and Uugla advanced on a throwing error charged to Harper.
      In the top of the 7th Simmons had a double on a line drive past a diving Anthony Rendon.

      And that’s the truth.

  2. Sonny G 10 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I’m afraid for Ryan. Obviously something is definitely wrong with his shoulder. I think playing in very cold weather is going to make it worse. As long as Espinosa is getting good wood on the ball, I think we should take it easy on Ryan, especially during the cold weather. This is definitely a blow to our team, but we can work through it.

  3. letswin3 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Maybe I saw this all wrong, but it looked to me like (on that throw, and the one in New York) Zim made the decision, long before his arm moved forward, to just LOB the ball over there. It didn’t look to me to be a thing like maybe he was in the middle of the throwing motion, something hurt like crazy and he had to lob it over. If my observation is accurate, that could mean that it always hurts when he has to make a longer throw, and lobbing it reduces the pain level. To me that would mean that whatever surgery he had has simply failed and another procedure will be needed. I don’t mean to get way in front of myself here, I’m just kind of thinking out loud. My biggest hope is that it’s not the yips.

    • Eric - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      If it’s hurting badly and consistently, the lob throw might just be how he prevents more pain.

  4. letswin3 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    If Zim has to go on the DL, Walters may get called up (Moore was called up this morning to replace Hairston). I’ve liked him all spring (and generally last season too), and hope that his plate discipline issues won’t outweigh his otherwise good hitting and well-above average power numbers. His fielding looked good all spring, and they moved him around in ST to all the infield positions, except first base.





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