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Zimmerman Out 4-6 Weeks -- Or Rest of Season

Lots of big news today. I'll rehash the latest on the Elijah Dukes disagreement in a subsequent post (Reader's Digest version: He's back in lineup... company line: water under bridge... neither Acta nor Bowden is too forthcoming about the root of the disagreement... Dukes isn't talking).

But first, let me give the update on third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

He received an MRI in Cincinnati this morning while visiting with therapists and receiving a rehab program. It looks like he'll be out 4-6 weeks, starting from today. But that comes with a caveat. Right now, Zimmerman will try to rehab his injured left shoulder without surgery.

By the All-Star Break, Bowden said, the team will be able to determine whether that plan will work. If an exam during the All-Star Break indicates that the shoulder isn't ready, Zimmerman will immediately undergo arthroscopic surgery. And that requires a recovery of 3-4 months.

In other words: Zimmerman will be out anywhere from four weeks to the entire season.

According to Dr. Tim Kremchek, the Cincinnati doctor who looked at Zimmerman today, there is a 70-percent chance the rehab program will rebuild the shoulder to the point where no surgery is required.

Bowden's words on the matter:

"Well obviously it's a concern. His long-term health is what's most important. Dr. Kremcheck believes there's a 70-percent chance that we can resolve this without surgery. We will know at the All-Star break if he will. If in fact he's not better at the All-Star break, then at that time we'll operate so that he's 100 percent for next year. We will not wait until the season's over to risk going into next year.

"We're not 100 percent sure that the exercises will resolve this. This is a specific exercise program that is the best in the United States proven to help avoid this surgery and get him healthy. But we're not going to know until that time."

Zimmerman appeared encouraged. He doesn't want surgery, obviously. For the next weeks, he'll be following a regimen of shoulder exercises with resistance bands and dumbbells.

"I knew something was wrong," the third baseman said. "I was just hoping they wouldn't have to go in there and fix it [surgically]. So I'm happy with everything they've told me."

By Chico Harlan  |  June 11, 2008; 5:50 PM ET
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I think that at this point I will hop off the "Fire Lenny! Obliterate Tolman!" crowd and get on, or start, the "Did Our Medical/Training Staff Graduate From University of Phoenix?!?! Get Rid of Them!!" bandwagon.

I would love to see a comparison of percentages of injuries from team to team. We must have the highest since 2005. Maybe it was something in the water from RFK?

Posted by: NattyDelite! | June 11, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Ten bucks says Guzman injures something before the All-Star break.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | June 11, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

twenty says Dukes does, but not on himself

Posted by: 3rd section, my couch | June 11, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

The Dukes abides.

Posted by: for now | June 11, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

"How many sell-outs have the sub-.500 Nats had this year?"

One. Which is one more than the Orioles have if you don't count games they play in Fenway South or Yankee Stadium South, known the rest of the season as OPACY.

Posted by: An Briosca Mor | June 11, 2008 3:28 PM


What a funny argument considering that the only reason the Nats have ONE sell-out this year is because people wanted to be a part of history. You take that away and they have ZERO sell-outs.

Also, too bad they DO count attendance for Yanks and Sox games at OPACY.

Posted by: O's Exec | June 11, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

weren't we supposed to get GOOD news today?

Posted by: SF Fan | June 11, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Just take the Surgery Zimmerman. It's not worth fooling around with this...

Posted by: Alberto | June 11, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Alberto. How can a muscle tear be fixed with exercise? Especially under the watchful eyes of the Nats' trainers? You can bet they will be making things worse.

Exercise made my rotator cuff tear worse. Surgery took care of it. And by the way, you do not have to go to Cincinnati. Baltimore's a lot closer and has several really good orthopedic surgeons. But I repeat myself.

Posted by: JohnR(VA) | June 11, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I just turned on the MASN pre-game. Oh, to be in Pittsburgh! Did anybody here the MASN explanation for what went on and why they missed it so utterly?

Posted by: flynnie | June 11, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Damn, that looks like a wonderful place to watch a ballgame, and about 15-20 degrees cooler than the Navy Yard. Anybody ever been to PNC? NatsNut has because that's where Don Sutton was rude to her and told her she probably didn't remember what happened in the 5th inning. I like our chances against Snell. Unlimber the lumber!

Posted by: flynnie | June 11, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

O's Exec - A game versus the Yanks or Sox in the regular season is not a piece of history.

Also, the Nats have a better attendance average both at home, and on the road. (The O's are LAST PLACE in road attendance)

Posted by: Don't talk about O's attendance | June 11, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Point is, the nats can't even sell out their brand new stadium except for opening night (and even then those fancy expensive seats were 1/2 empty from the view on tv).

It took years and years of Peter Angelos' ineptitude before the O's stopped selling out games.

In their first year at OPACY they sold out every home game. That's a feat the nats can't even accomplish.


Posted by: O's Exec | June 11, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

@JohnR: It's not a muscle tear, It's a separation/tear in the tendon supporting the joint. Rehab builds the surrounding muscles to better support the problem joint without an invasive proceedure.

Posted by: BIM | June 11, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

love the lineup! Who you gonna pitch around? Guzman gets you Guzman gets you Dukes gets you Lastings gets you Young gets you Flores gets you Belly, then Flip and Harris. It's gonna be fun to watch Belly at 3rd!

Posted by: flynnie | June 11, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who slides headfirst should be subject to a $5,000 fine. It's a stupid way to slide, and you're just asking to get hurt.

Posted by: ed | June 11, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

The explanation, as I understand, is this:

Dukes has been upset with the South Koreans for protesting imported USA beef. The Koreans don't want mad cow after all.

Acta has been trying to convince Dukes that the Koreans are really upset with the South Korean president actions as a whole. The imported beef issue is just one of many recent presidential decisions the Koreans are upset over.

The sit down with Bowden provided both Acta & Dukes the opportunity to discuss the issue and well, agree to disagree.

If the Korean president chooses to accept the entire cabinet's resignation, watch out, Dukes is gonna blow.

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | June 11, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

just turned on the broadcast. did masn have anything to say about acta-dukes?

Posted by: jf | June 11, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Doing a little roster analysis & suprised by the following - Why hasn't Estrada been posted to the 60-day DL (thereby freeing a 40-man roster spot)? He's been all but "dead to us" since mid-May.

Posted by: BIM | June 11, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

jf-Manny upset at too much celebration with a bottom of the 9th to play. Every little thing's gonna be alright. No apologies for having their cameras up their ass last night. Elijah under a gag order. Isn't Manny's shaving commercial cute.

Posted by: flynnie | June 11, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

@the28: Dude, you're on the wrong blog for those tie-ins! LOL

Posted by: BIM | June 11, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Snell's pitch isn't breaking until too late for the batter to react. I haven't seen Dmitri fooled that bad, since, well, since Webb was pitching to him.

Posted by: flynnie | June 11, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Not to be too nasty, but aren't we glad that the Nats followed everyone's suggestion and signed Zimm to a long term contract before the year began? We all have hopes for him and wish him the best, but...

As to sellouts at OPCY, let's not forget that the only reason that they happened is that the DC area folks had no ball club to support in town. The sellouts stopped when people got tired of getting home at 12:30 AM and then getting up to work in the morning. Let's not forget that, with championship teams, Memorial Stadium never sold out. In fact, O's Exec, let's not forget that the 7th game of the World Series saw thousands of empty seats in Memorial Stadium. Which, of course, went along with walk-up good seats for the Colts before Irsay had enough brains to move the team to Indianapolis.

Posted by: Catcher50 | June 11, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Nice double play, Flip! Guz! Meathook!

Posted by: flynnie | June 11, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Please resign Guzman!

Posted by: flynnie | June 11, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Charlie just said that Manny it had nothing to do with excessive celebration. Dave said that the fact that Dukes is back in the lineup bespeaks how Dukes was guilty of no major infraction. Ray said it was not an excessive celebration, but, "You've got to do things Manny's way. He's a true professional." Bob said that they shouldn't have acted like it was a walk-off in the top of the 9th. No one is acting like Manny has any 'splainin' to do.

Posted by: flynnie | June 11, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Just tuning in. What have the announcers said about the dustup? Company line or anything new?

Posted by: Bob L. Head | June 11, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Ummmm, Flynnie, how is it that you answered my question before I posted it? You are a man of many talents. Sandwich board carrying and scripture quoting, and now, mindreading. Can loaves and fishes be far off?

Also, loved the South Korean beef between Manny and Dukes. Let's hope these guys don't discuss software policy or super 301 anytime soon.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | June 11, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Software piracy I mean. Newpost.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | June 11, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Are the fields in the Dominican League smaller? Sorta like international rules in hockey or the Canadian Football League with their expanded playing areas? Just wondering since Belliard seems like he would prefer a smaller field when he's playing third.

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | June 11, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

To all the O's Fans who have had a flush and thriving Franchsie, kiss my proverbial you know what.

As for the Nats, the Expo's where on their "Last Mile", "Death Watch", any analogy you would like to us for MLB Retraction.

Fleeced of Players as far back as Mark Langston, Pedro Martinez, Vlad Guerrero, etc.

How do you expect and inferior prodcut with no support to flourish?

Now to my point, the wrong Owner's got the Team. The Malek group with the knowledge and where with all to run a Team finish a disappointing second to the Lerner Group. If you like to shop, then you are happy with the decision.

Finally, the lack of expertise and the timid approach to building a Team with second rate Cincy Reds, is wearing thin.

Losing everyone but, Soriano, rules in the favor of the Nats. The inability to find a Hitting Coach, no less a few Hitters, is in excusable. The draft and the focus on Pitching, leaves me to believe that we are in trouble.

I will stop at that and what for feedback. All I can say is that I am throughly disappointed.

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder since '03 | June 11, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I understand most of your points, STH, but I'm not sure what you mean by "the draft and the focus on pitching leaves me to believe that we are in trouble." We had a great 07 draft and it looks like we've got a good crop this year as well. You need pitching to win games. What's wrong with all of this?

Posted by: Hoagie | June 12, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Without Zimmerman, this team loses 100 games for sure...and, unfortunately, Jim Bowden gets the right to stick around to give us more ex-Reds and "toolsy outfielders."

Posted by: Vincent | June 12, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

He received an MRI in Cincinnati this morning

heck even our docs are from the reds. w t f. who goes to cinci for docs???

Posted by: dk | June 12, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

btw dont bother bashin the os. they are playin with a lotta heart right now. now if only they could dump huff (the austin ks of bmore), hernandez and mora, they might actually have a contender.
sherrill should bring in some more good prospects.
os and trembley deserve big props right now. if they didnt have to play the saux 18 freakin times this season they mighta finished with a winnin record.

Posted by: dk | June 12, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

dk = O's Exec

Posted by: Nats Exec | June 12, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

I just looked at the DL for the Nats. WOW! Can we start a "Fire the Trainers" drive? These guys must be hacks. What is happening? Invest millions in athletes and let amateur bandaid pushers tear them apart? C'mon.

Posted by: Bob | June 26, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

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