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Ryan Zimmerman leaves game, may sit out a couple days

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman may miss "a couple days" after leaving Saturday's 4-3 victory in the sixth inning with a tight left hamstring, Manager Jim Riggleman said. Zimmerman, though, plans to test his hamstring Sunday morning to determine if he'll play later in the day.

Zimmerman's hamstring had been bothering him for a day or two, he said, Riggleman considered not playing Zimmerman at all Saturday, and then Zimmerman aggravated it when he charged a groundball early in the game.

"It tightened up a little bit today," Zimmerman said. "Riggs thought it would be a good idea to kind of make sure we get it right early in the season instead of trying to battle through it for an extended period of time. We'll see what it feels like tomorrow, and we'll have a better idea then."

Zimmerman, who played 157 games last season, felt like he could have tried to continue Saturday. Instead, he chose a cautious approach.

"It's been bugging me for a day or two," Zimmerman said. "I would just rather kind get rid of it, just get rid of the problem before it starts to be a big problem."

Also, the Nationals will wait until Sunday to reveal which played will be replaced on the 25-man roster by Sunday starter Livan Hernandez. The Nationals have carried eight relievers while postponing Hernandez's first start with the help of last Tuesday's day off.

"We just don't feel like doing it right now, to tell you the truth," Riggleman said. "We don't want to have any negative vibes in here after a big win like that."

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 10, 2010; 7:29 PM ET
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I don't mind them holding on to the good feelings of today. It will be disappointing for someone, but this isn't a day for that. Let's win the next two and enjoy a winning record for just until Wednesday.


Posted by: kevincostello | April 10, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

So long as he's not "day to day." Then we'd know we were doomed.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 10, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

On a side note, good to just hear that our former wookie J. Rauch is 4 for 4 in save opps.

Posted by: HotNats | April 10, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Good for big John. We can't complain about how he did for the Nats. Glad to see he's having some success.

Nice win today, but thank you, Matt Capps, for again reducing my life expectancy. (This seems to be a common trait among closers who aren't named Rivera.)

Posted by: nats24 | April 11, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Oof, we need you Zimm today against Johan to try and get that series win! Willie T. is probably not going to have 4 RBIs again today.

But seriously, considering Zimmerman, Dunn and Morgan have done next to nothing this first week, and how bad the starting pitching has been... and how shaky most of the bullpen members has been... it is pretty sweet to be 2-3 right now.

Tyler Clippard is my hero!

Posted by: Ghost7 | April 11, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

But with Zimm probably unavailable, from the sound of it, and Morse limping, that leaves Willie Harris at third, or Guzie (an All-Star third baseman not long ago). Drop the Hammer into the 3?

Morgan 8
Guzman 9? 5?
Willingham 7
Dunn 3
Rodriguez 2
Kennedy 4
Harris 5? 9?
Desmond 6
Hernandez 1

Yeesh. I like it a lot better with Zimmerman in there.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 11, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Or reward Tavares with another start in right, and sit Guzman?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 11, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Or give Desmond a day to think about swinging at strikes, and put Guzman at short?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 11, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

When are we going to send Mock down(where he belongs IMO) and get the guy--who when he started last year--the team won 70% of the time!! J D Martin needs to be given a real shot to help US win a few games--not SYR,!

Posted by: ripndot | April 11, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy has some experience at 3B as well, so another possibility would be...

Morgan -8
Guzman -4
Kennedy -5
Dunn -3
Willingham -7
Pudge -2
Desmond -6
Taveras -9
Livan -1

Remember, they're facing a LH starter in Santana.

Posted by: BinM | April 11, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I have enjoyed Clippard every time I've seen him pitch. Hope this is a break out game for him. And who knew he could hit?

Posted by: markfromark | April 11, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Zuckerman sez that they sent Mock down.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 11, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Sooooo; I'm laying in bed last night starring at the new ceiling fan i installed yesterday afternoon, and my wife say's "admiring your work" and i said "no thinking about the Nat's lineup tommorow without Zimm" and she just bust out laughing. A LOL moment for sure!

Posted by: dargregmag | April 11, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Additional tidbit from MZ - Morse to 15-DL, Bernadina called up.

Posted by: BinM | April 11, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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