Ryan Zimmerman to miss third straight game
Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will miss his third consecutive game Wednesday because of the same hamstring tightness that forced him from Saturday's game in New York. The Nationals are still treating the injury as a minor ailment. Zimmerman had hoped to return after the team was off Tuesday, but he will only participate in pregame drills.
"It's frustrating," Zimmerman said. "Like I've said, it's better to miss three or four games than to miss three or four weeks. That's kind of the mindset. It makes sense, even though it's hard to deal with."
Manager Jim Riggleman said Zimmerman may be available as a pinch hitter, but Zimmerman sounded pessimistic about that prospect. He has yet to run on his tender left hamstring, and before Wednesday he had not done anything beyond taking soft toss.
"There's no point in me pinch-hitting or playing if I can't score on a single" from second base, Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman said he has yet to push his hamstring because he is "just being careful." Precautions, as we all know, often turn into trips to the disabled list. But Zimmerman and the Nationals insist that isn't the case here. Zimmerman has not undergone further testing and he will participate in pregame drills as he normally would.
"He hasn't [had] any setbacks," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "We're being a little precautionary with him. Hopefully we'll get him back real soon."
How soon? About playing Thursday, Zimmerman said, "We'll have to find out tomorrow."
For the Phillies, Jimmy Rollins went on the disabled list, as expected. Right fielder Jayson Werth, fighting a hip injury, may be available to pinch hit later in the game.
April 14, 2010; 5:38 PM ET
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