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Zimmerman On Leave For Grandmother's Funeral

Ryan Zimmerman is out of Washington's lineup for the first time all season because of a death in his family. Zimmerman's grandmother, Ilene Lois Zimmerman, 82, passed away Wednesday in Pinehurst, N.C. The memorial service is tomorrow at 2 p.m. Zimmerman left the team today, flying into Raleigh, N.C., and will try to make it back for tomorrow's game. "He's gonna probably make it on time [to Houston] before the game is over [tomorrow]," Manny Acta said, "but he's not going to be able to start the game."

More information about Ilene Zimmerman is available here.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 10, 2009; 6:59 PM ET
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Condolences to Zimm and his immediate and extended families.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 10, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

You speak for us all, leetee 1955. Her grandson sure did make her proud.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 10, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Ryan

Posted by: gengreen17 | July 10, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Poor fella. I decidedly did NOT want Ryan to get a day off this way.

Posted by: Scooter_ | July 10, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to Zimmerman, as well. Is this the same grandma who came to a game during his hitting streak?

Posted by: misplacednortherner | July 10, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Same here, Zimm. Fynnie2 sez it all.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 10, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, i've been giving him the what for,but i would also like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to Ryan.Nana's are often the buffers as you are growing up they kiss the bump's and bruises make the tears go away and if you are smart enough to listen as you grow older you are all the more wiser.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 10, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Very well said by Flynnie and dargregmag. My sympathies to Ryan and his family on their loss.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 11, 2009 7:13 AM | Report abuse

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