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Zimmerman does not have a broken hand

UPDATE: Ryan Zimmerman does not have a broken right hand. X-rays were negative, and doctors diagnosed him with a contusion.

You can read the original post below. . . .

After being hit on his right hand by a pitch in the third inning, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been removed from the game. No word yet on the extent of the injury, but he is being examined by team doctors and will receive an X-ray.

The crowd at Nationals Park held its collective breath when Zimmerman experienced a scary moment in the third inning. A 90-mph fastball, riding high and inside, smacked Zimmerman's right hand. Zimmerman flipped away the bat and clutched his hand. Manager Manny Acta and a trainer emerged from the dugout, but Zimmerman stayed in the game. He later scored and returned to the dugout. That's when he was pulled.

Ronnie Belliard will move from second base to third. Willie Harris moves from left field to second base. Ryan Langerhans will play left field and bat third, where Zimmerman normally hits .

I'll try to get you an update on this as soon as possible.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 31, 2008; 8:19 PM ET
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