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Ryan Zimmerman out until Wednesday, Mike Morse on the DL

Ryan Zimmerman is out of the lineup today with a tight left hamstring and he will not return until Wednesday, a date selected in order to utilize the Nationals' day off Tuesday. Zimmerman left Saturday's game in the sixth inning after having felt soreness in his leg for the previous few days.

"I think we'd rather take a day or so off right than try to play through something in the sixth game," Zimmerman said. "I think it's smart to do what we did. Get it better for the whole season and not just two games."

General Manager Mike Rizzo said Zimmerman's injury is merely "a tweak" and he is not concerned about Zimmerman spending any time on the disabled list.

While Zimmerman sits today, usual starting second baseman Adam Kennedy will play third and Cristian Guzman will play second base and bat third, Zimmerman's customary spot. Kennedy had never played third base before last season, when he played 82 games there.

"Just try to hold on for a few days while the big guy is out," Kennedy said.

While Zimmerman will not be going on the disabled list, Mike Morse will. Morse has been healing from a right calf strain he suffered last Wednesday. While he feels close to coming back, Morse still can't play the field or run the bases.

With Zimmerman out the Nationals could not risk carrying a player who can only pinch hit. Morse said going on the disabled list surprised him, but he understood the decision.

"I want to give the manager a full squad when we go to play teams like the Mets and the Phillies," Rizzo said. "It's unfair to go in there with a short roster."

Morse's injury made room for Roger Bernadina, whom the Nationals recalled from Class AAA Syracuse. Bernadina had been fighting for a roster spot during spring training. In his third game and first start last season, Bernadina broke his ankle making a catch at the center field fence and was lost for the rest of the season.

"I'm excited to be back," he said.

At the end of spring, Bernadina altered his swing with the help of hitting coach Rick Eckstein and showed immediate results. In three games in Syracuse, Bernadina went 6 for 15 with a triple and a homer.

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 11, 2010; 12:51 PM ET
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Get well soon Zimmy! If you need the name of a good PT, I know one who's real good!

Posted by: CALSGR8 | April 11, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

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