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A good run of bad luck

So, according to the team's release, the MRI today on Ryan Zimmerman's left shoulder revealed a small labral tear. Team orthopedist Ben Shaffer is recommending rest and anti-inflammatories. Three more doctors -- including James Andrews -- will examine the rest results and make a recommendation on the next step.

What does it all mean?

* Zimmerman is going on the DL, retroactive to May 26.

* The Nationals will call up Kory Casto from Columbus

* It's still too early to tell if Zimmerman will be out for days or weeks. Or more. That's why the evaluations of Andrews et al will be critical. "I've had players who've had the same injury who took 10 days off, then played for five years," Jim Bowden said. "Then I've had some who've been operated on. It can be anywhere in between, and we just don't know yet."

* The injury list grows. Washington's DL is far more formidable than its lineup. You've got injuries to Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns, Ronnie Belliard, Chad Cordero, Paul Lo Duca, etc. That was the nucleus of the team just a few weeks ago.

By Chico Harlan  |  June 2, 2008; 7:22 PM ET
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