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Ryan Zimmerman not in starting lineup again

UPDATED | 6:40 p.m. Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who has a right hamstring injury, is not starting at third base on Monday for a fifth consecutive game. Adam Kennedy will play again at the hot corner to start a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

Also, utility man Willie Harris is not in the starting lineup. He was in the original Nationals lineup on Sunday, but his sore right knee forced him to the bench. Harris underwent an magnetic resonance imagining exam on the knee, but it revealed no serious damage.

The decision to keep Zimmerman out of the lineup is probably a product of the weather. It is windy in Chicago (of course) and should get chilly on Monday night, as the Cubs host Washington their first night game of the season at Wrigley Field.

The teams meet Tuesday night in another night game, and the conditions look similar. (To give you an idea of the weather here, the Cubs' media relations staff has opted to keep the press box windows shut, and likely will for the rest of the week.)

It is true that the Nationals have played well in Zimmerman's absence, with a 4-4 record when he is not in the starting lineup. Alberto Gonzalez has been playing admirably in place of Zimmerman, and Zimmerman has contributed in other ways, notably with his pinch-hit home run to lift Washington over the Philadelphia Phillies on April 15.

But it begs the question, How much better off would the Nationals be if their star were available to play?

The Nationals have updated their lineup. The lineup below reflects those changes.


1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Ian Desmond, SS
3. Cristian Guzman, 2B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Adam Kennedy, 3B
7. Wil Nieves, C
8. Willy Taveras, RF
9. John Lannan, P


1. Ryan Theroit, SS
2. Jeff Baker, 2B
3. Derrek Lee, 1B
4. Marlon Byrd, CF
5. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
6. Alfonso Soriano, LF
7. Geovany Soto, C
8. Tyler Colvin, RF
9. Carlos Silva, P

By Mark Viera  |  April 26, 2010; 4:06 PM ET
Categories:  Ryan Zimmerman  
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Let's get that FIRST win in the series:)

Posted by: jpt1002 | April 26, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Zim needs to be out there. Tight hamstrings? Come on man. Let the trainers stretch him out before and throughout the game. He's the star player and needs to be out there setting the tone as a leader.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 26, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Let him rest. We are in the cold months of the schedule, and his kind of injury does not react well to cold weather. It is a long season, it is better for the club if Zimm keeps riding the pine at this point in the season. However he should get some pinch hits in to keep him active.

Posted by: hansenjo | April 26, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Zim sitting is the right move. Nats are playing .500 ball for now, more than good enough if you consider they can re-add Zim soon, and also add at least a couple of stronger starting pitchers in a month or too. Baseball has a long season, no reason to do anything too extreme in April.

Posted by: hats4bats | April 26, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Willy T. starting in right? Gives Willy a chance to get that OBP up to a robust .250! and maybe break .200 on the old BA line!

With no Capps/Clippard available, I'm not optimistic on the Nats chances.

Posted by: hoo93 | April 26, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

STOP BABYING HIM!! DAMN! It's too cool outside for him, that is pure unadulterated bull sh#t i agree with the previous post(imjustmusic)strech the hamstring out and who are trainers on this squad? Zimm should not have pulled the hammy in the first place if he had the proper spring training regiment,how many times did Hank or Willie pull hammy's? if you want to be considered a superstar then you are prepared mentally and physically you pull a hammy because that muscle has not been properly "worked".

Posted by: dargregmag | April 26, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Tight hammy? Come On!! Rub some dirt on it and hit the field!

Posted by: bsdman | April 26, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I'll beat the bernadina drum forever, I'd way rather see him in there than taveras

Posted by: bford1kb | April 26, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

and yes I'm aware he's in syracuse

Posted by: bford1kb | April 26, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I realize that everyone hates Tavares, but Riggs (a) believes in getting good lefty/righty match-ups and (b) keeping all active roster players confident and in action. Both seem to be working well for us so far...

Posted by: Kev29 | April 26, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I know everyone has a theory on RF, but I'm not sure why they aren't playing Maxwell every day. I don't think he can hit enough to be a regular player, but I'd like to see 200 or so at bats as a regular just to see. It's not like Willie or Tavares is tearing it up and Maxwell gives you good D.

Posted by: Jeff_Jackson | April 26, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

For those saying that Zim should be playing...Jose Reyes missed almost the entire season last year with a torn hamstring. The Nats need to do what they can to protect his health. IMO, whether he should have been DL'd is really the question here.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | April 26, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"But it begs the question, How much better off would the Nationals be if their star were available to play?"

No, it doesn't beg the question.

"But, as everyone knows, the Nationals would be better than their 4-4 record without Zimmerman if they had him in the lineup"

That begs the question.

Posted by: Section506 | April 26, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

hansenjo and hats4bats are right--Zimmerman sits and gets healed up. And hamstring injuries aren't a sign of character weakness. We're doing better than anyone expected; what's the big rush? Zimmerman nneds to be healthy in June. That is when it's going to get really interesting.

Posted by: fpcsteve | April 26, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

The issue isn't whether he should be playing to "build character" and risk tearing the hamstring. The issue is what kind of conditioning and training do they not have during spring training and the regular season.

Posted by: samantha7 | April 26, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

A hamstring problem can be pretty tough to shake. Better to take some time and make sure you're 100% than aggrivate the injury, especially this time of the season and especially in cold weather.

Posted by: gtrain82 | April 26, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Section506 is a grammarian of the first order. See:

Posted by: Section222 | April 26, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

"Tight hamstrings? Come on man. Let the trainers stretch him out before and throughout the game"

Hey -- the article said hamstring injury, not "tight hamstrings".

The list of players who came back too soon and did some _real_ damage is a mile long. Zim & the Nats need to make sure he's 100% healthy, so that he can go all out at 100% when he plays.

Posted by: ADCWonk | April 26, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I no whats the deal.

Posted by: Section506 | April 26, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

bford1kb: I all in for giving Roger a shot he's hitting almost .400 at the Cuse and he's an excellent defensive outfielder sooner or later they'll have bring him up.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 26, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

They should probably send Zim ahead to Florida to be in nice weather and rehab down there. Perhaps he might be in a better state of health come friday when the Nats play their nemesis...the stinkin fish.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 26, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Let's see how Lannan does tonight - so far this year, he's had trouble commanding the inside 3rd of the plate against LH hitters.

Posted by: BinM | April 26, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

It's one thing for a bunch of people whose qualification is internet access to manage the team. It's another to pop off about injuries and the treatment thereof. Stick to filling out the line-up card.

Posted by: markfromark | April 26, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a doctor, but I anonymously play one on a blog.

Posted by: Section506 | April 26, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I no whats the deal.

Posted by: Section506

You have no idea how much this bothers me.

Sction506 is smart and witty and insightful.
But this post means nothing to me.
So I can only assume that I'm not smart enough to figure this one out.
And this pisses me off to no end.

Damn you 506!

Posted by: Sunderland | April 26, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

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