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Zimmerman Day-to-Day With Shoulder Injury

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is out of Tuesday night's lineup because of a left shoulder injury sustained when he was hit by a pitch by Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton in the sixth inning Monday night. He says he is day-to-day.

Here is a transcript of a brief Q&A with Zimmerman a few minutes ago:

Is this just a day off, or is the shoulder a little banged up?
"Maybe a little bit of both. It's nothing bad. Just get rid of it, so it doesn't linger."

Is it the kind of thing you could play through if you had to?
"If I could play I'd probably play. I don't enjoy sitting games out, taking days off. We figured it'd be better to treat it all day and kind of get rid of it, instead of trying to play through it and have to play like that for however long that takes."

Here is interim manager Jim Riggleman's take:

"[Zimmerman] was just getting a little more tight as the night wore on. And then overnight he didn't feel any better, and then came in today pretty sore. So hopefully it's a one-day thing, but we'll check him tomorrow."

Also, right fielder Austin Kearns was seeing a hand specialist Tuesday for his injured right thumb, which has kept him out of the lineup the last three games. So it appears as if the Nationals will be playing two men down Tuesday night.

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 4, 2009; 4:59 PM ET
 
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Comments

Yipes. Let's hope for once this really is a minor thing.

Posted by: Section109 | August 4, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Kearns' thumb, but not his inability to hit a baseball, kept him out of the lineup?

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | August 4, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Dave, your last sentence is in error:

Nationals - Zimmerman (1) - Kearns (0) = only 1 man down.

Posted by: wahoo2x | August 4, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

[sound of 9000 Nats fans knocking on wood]

Posted by: Section220 | August 4, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

wahoo2x has inside info I don't really want to know...

Posted by: Section506 | August 4, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

All in favor of banning any headline with the words "Day-to-Day"?

Posted by: NeedANatsFix | August 4, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

He was throwing a little oddly last night.

Posted by: jp2000 | August 4, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

If Kearns is hurt, why not just put him on the disabled list and call up Morse for some ABs?

Posted by: souldrummer | August 4, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

That's bad timing, Zimm's crushing the ball lately.

Posted by: natsfan111 | August 4, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The replays last night showed Zimm really got whacked. I wonder why managers don't take their stars out when the injury happens so it can be treated immediately? I know, I know, macho and all that.

Still, from my experience, getting at such an injury right away can help reduce the problem significantly later on.

Posted by: JohnRDC | August 4, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

What are they 34 and 72? Rest him for a week or put him on the DL. Bring up Morse for a week. Just like nn Zimmermann don't risk it.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

wasn't Flores' shoulder injury initially labeled as "day-to-day"?

AAAUUUUGGGHHHHH!!!!!

Posted by: erocks33 | August 4, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Kearns is not a "zero". He does make an excellent defensive replacement.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

... . -. -.. / ..- .--. / -- --- .-. ... .

Posted by: Section506 | August 4, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

What's this "Morse" code? :)

Hmmm ... let's see SEND/UP/MORSE?

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

"If Kearns is hurt, why not just put him on the disabled list and call up Morse for some ABs?

Posted by: souldrummer | August 4, 2009"

Putting Zim on the DL makes sense. Why risk it?

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

If Martin is not good tonight and Mock isn't good in his next start, any chance Clippard gets one of their starts? I think he would be better than either of the two.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Second that, fan who is in need of a Nats fix.

My Morse code is a little rusty. Was that SOS or SOL?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 4, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there an obvious question that wasn't asked? Does this relate in any way to the shoulder injury that kept Ryan on the DL for 2 months last season for which he chose to rehab it and not get surgery?

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | August 4, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

periculum, given your obsession with J.D. Martin and now Morse, what are you going to be like when the Nats have a real prospect to promote? Are we going to get hourly updates on the guy's whereabouts? His diet? Wardrobe choices?

Posted by: baltova1 | August 4, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

". . . Just get rid of it, so it doesn't linger."
------------------------------------------------------

Reminds one of the recited wisdom from the esteemed Navin R. Johnson:

"Lord loves a workin' man; don't trust whitey; see a doctor and get rid of it."

Posted by: Ted_Striker | August 4, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

rachel216, Dibble raised the same point last night. FWIW, I'd keep him in the pen. They make the effort to turn him into a reliever and he's done very well and God knows they need relievers.

We keep hearing this team has great depth in starting pitching prospects, with more on the way, so I'd stick with Clippard in the bullpen.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 4, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

is this the same shoulder that caused zim to miss 50 games last year?

Posted by: JEp1 | August 4, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I just hope the hit didn't hurt the torn labrum in his left shoulder. I had surgery 2 weeks ago for the same injury that ryan has been playing through. Trust me- it 1)can really hurt and 2) be exacerbated by further trauma

Posted by: Lifeaftertweak | August 4, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

@baltova1: regarding Clippard - Agreed. Keep him in the 'pen as a MR-LR; He's been very effective there.

Mock might need to go back to either the 'pen or SYR; he can't seem to avoid the big inning. In terms of replacement options, Estrada is still on the 40-man & doing reasonably well in SYR, and JZimm should only be a week or two away from rejoining the big club. IMO, the club will hold out for JZimm's return, & he'll replace Mock in the rotation.

Posted by: BinM | August 4, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I feared when he was hit by that pitch it might lead to this. It figures, when the Marlins (the team that cant' lose to the Nats) come to town. Can anymore bad Karma be close. Perhaps the Nats will surprise us all and pull out a win when circumstances dictate otherwise. Yes, please pass the kool-aid, and where did I place those pom poms?

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 4, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Zimmerman had surgery in 2008 to repair the slight tear in the labrum in his left shoulder. This is the same shoulder but there is nothing to indicate a relation. Can we wait a few days before we pass out the gloom and doom? It's probably just a bruise.

Posted by: longhorn64 | August 4, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Great point on Kearns to the DL!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | August 4, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

"periculum, given your obsession with J.D. Martin and now Morse, what are you going to be like when the Nats have a real prospect to promote? Are we going to get hourly updates on the guy's whereabouts? His diet? Wardrobe choices?"

Too late. I am just as big (and have been) on Holder, Storen, Kobernus, and perhaps Karns if he is signed. Strasburg as well.

Morse appears to do more things than Belliard. He is past AAA hitting-wise. Padilla? Well he only has the HIGHEST BATTING AVERAGE in the minor leagues (over a certain number of at bats). Martin's WHIP was only slightly higher than a favorite BOSOX favorite prospect named Bucholtz?

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Periculum, if you were a Holder fan the day of the draft, you were the only one other than Rizzo and company (at least for 3rd round). That being said, I have been very happy with his performance after his first couple of starts.

Posted by: goexpos2 | August 4, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

longhorn, Zimmerman did not have surgery on his shoulder last season. He elected to rehab and strengthen the shoulder instead of surgery. See Chico's July 1, 2008 post for some discussion of this. Zimm was back playing for the Nats July 25 after some minor league rehab games. Here's the link:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/nationalsjournal/2008/07/health_news_and_not_altogether.html

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | August 4, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Morse (6' 5") is certainly taller than Belliard. I think he should be brought up but I also think Belliard has done a good job filling in the last two games. He's not part of next years plan of course but this team is going to need him if people start getting hurt.

Posted by: longhorn64 | August 4, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

"Periculum, if you were a Holder fan the day of the draft, you were the only one other than Rizzo and company (at least for 3rd round)."

Got the same "grief" here for thinking he would be good that I got for Martin ... he pitched many more innings in college than Strasburg, led his teams to 2 college world series and was the "ace" leader on those staffs. He looked like the kind of guy who thought "I'm the man".

Really tired of guys who lose "confidence" like gas-can-rahan etc. who then walk men the bases loaded then walk guys home.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Martin is done ... he's losing confidence ... I really hate that.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Any idea why I can't find the game on Comcast in Alexandria?

Posted by: MinorLeagueFanatic | August 4, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

YES!! Martin got out it.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Bizzarro world...I'm smilin 2nite.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 4, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

On the idea of taking out stars when they get hit - isn't that just telling other teams to throw at them? I know it's a losing team, but if you could just plunk a team's best hitters and automatically take them out of the game, it sends the wrong message. He did hit a homer the next inning.

Posted by: 202character | August 4, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

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