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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.

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By Adam Kilgore  |  April 14, 2010; 5:38 PM ET
 | Tags: Hamstring, Jim Riggleman, Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals, injury  
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Comments

The link to this from the sports home page is right above a link stating that Beard will miss the remainder of the season.

To my unattentive eye, well, let's just say I'm working on getting my heart dislodged from my throat.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 14, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Note to Nats: The great thing about the truth is that you can tell it over and over again, and it never changes. Where Zimmerman is concerned, quit making it up as you go along.

Posted by: fpcsteve | April 14, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Interesting item on nats320 re. FM radio possibilities for Nats games starting in May. The 1500 signal is awful in my area, so this is intriguing news:

http://nats320.blogspot.com/2010/04/standard-hd-fm-radio-signals-coming-to.html

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 14, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

If Zimmerman can't run from second to home then he won't be playing until next week sometime and may be headed for the 15 day DL. Hopefully it's not that bad though and he'll be back in the line up soon.

Posted by: mwyche1 | April 14, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

@John - LOL!
So it has been proven. Zimm, like the rest of us, is "Day-to-Day"

FRANK 20

Posted by: tradervic1313 | April 14, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I knew it. He's day-to-day. We're doomed.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 14, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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