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Ryan Zimmerman 'doubtful' for Saturday, could pinch hit tonight

Already out tonight for the second straight day, Ryan Zimmerman is "doubtful" to appear in Saturday's game with a stiff right hamstring, Manager Jim Riggleman said. The Nationals remain unclear if Zimmerman is dealing with a severe cramp or a strain, but Zimmerman is optimistic he could return sometime soon.

"It feels 100 percent better than yesterday," Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman planned to take soft toss today and could be ready to pinch hit in tonight's game. Riggleman said he will instruct Zimmerman to jog lightly to first base no matter the circumstances of the game.

"Whether it's conceding an out or whether it's a base hit, just get the at-bat," Riggleman said.

Zimmerman said the injury is healing faster than the left hamstring strain he battled earlier this year and that the timeline of how he feels suggests a cramp as opposed to a strain or pull.

"I've never felt anything like that before," Zimmerman said. "It felt a lot different than the other."

In other injured Nationals news, Mike Morse reported to Viera, Fla. to participate in extended spring training. The Nationals chose extended spring training for Morse, who is recovering from a right calf strain, because it allows freedom to give Morse a high number of at-bats and play several different positions.

And an important thing to know for those attending Saturday's game: The Nationals will be collecting new books for Everybody Wins D.C., which is a charity that helps children learn how to read. They'll be gathering these at the center field gate.

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 23, 2010; 5:11 PM ET
 
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Does this happen to other teams??? I mean, really.. HIRE A STRETCHING COACH or something.

This is just stupid.

Posted by: Section406 | April 23, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

406: Tight hamstrings do happen to other teams, all the time. Maybe Zimmerman put a little too much lower-body emphasis into his off-season weight program this year. Reports were that he came into camp this year with better muscle definition than in the past.

Posted by: BinM | April 23, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Just took a look at mlb.com "At Bat" - Atilano is sporting the "Clippard goggles". That's a good sign, right?

Posted by: BinM | April 23, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I mean, really.. HIRE A STRETCHING COACH or something.

This is just stupid.

Posted by: Section406 | April 23, 2010 6:20 PM


The stretching coach is the CONDITIONING COACH ----JOHN PHILBIN.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | April 23, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

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