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Zimmerman update: Another surgical procedure

Just finished typing this for tomorrow's $.35 edition. Figured y'all should see it here.

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman yesterday underwent a follow-up procedure to clear up a hematoma that resulted from last week's surgery on his left wrist, the club said last night.
The surgery, performed by hand specialist Richard Barth, evacuated a small blood clot that was causing some compression within Zimmerman's carpal tunnel, Nationals officials said. The procedure isn't expected to impact Zimmerman's preparation for spring training.
Zimmerman, 23, had surgery to remove the hook of hamate bone from his left wrist on Nov. 7. Though he the injury had flared up when he swung a bat in his home town of Virginia Beach three days earlier, doctors told him it was possible he had broken the bone - which is frequently removed from the wrists of baseball players and golfers - several times in the past and it had just healed on its own.
The recovery time was expected to be four to six weeks, and the club believes that is unchanged - even with the latest complication. Zimmerman wore a splint after the surgery, even as he hosted his charity golf tournament last weekend in Virginia Beach. But when the wrist didn't feel normal, he asked the club's medical staff about it. A subsequent examination revealed the hematoma.
Zimmerman hit .266 with a team-high 24 home runs and 91 RBI in 2007, his second full season in the majors. He and the Nationals are exploring the possibility of a long-term contract this offseason.

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 13, 2007; 8:44 PM ET
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If this wasn't eminently predictable for this team, I don't know what is. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Zimm. Try not to hurt yourself ever again, mmk?

Posted by: Atlanta | November 13, 2007 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Hoping for a speedy recovery for our most favorite 3rd Baseman in all the world!

Posted by: Section 420, mjwies11 | November 13, 2007 9:50 PM | Report abuse

On the video in Barry's prior post--watching Stan schmooze Mayor Fenty, and calling him "Adrian" at the end, I can sum up my reaction as follows: I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | November 13, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I think Hizzoner had that same look on his face, Coverage. Laughing here.

Posted by: cevans | November 13, 2007 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Again, hope that Zimm makes a full recovery.

Posted by: natsfan1a | November 14, 2007 7:57 AM | Report abuse

May need to light a candle in Zim's name when I go to the Pope's mass at Nats Park next year... :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | November 14, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I cannot describe how bad a feeling I have about this ...
And whatever DID happen to the old team ortho, Weimi Douoguih?

Posted by: Cevans, seriously | November 14, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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