Ryan Zimmerman's status, etc.
Ryan Zimmerman is out of the lineup today still aiming for a return Wednesday as he heals his sore left hamstring. He has not yet pushed it, not even running since he left Saturday's game in the sixth inning. The Nationals are confident the injury will heal and have not scheduled further testing.
"It feels a little better today," Zimmerman said. "The biggest thing is, we just want to get rid of it so we don't have to worry about it the rest of the year."
Last year, Zimmerman played 157 games, and in 2007 he played all 162. Zimmerman of course doesn't like to sit out, but he has no desire to again play every game.
"It's overrated," Zimmerman said. "That'll never happen again. It's so much smarter to just get your days" off.
-Willie Harris said his left elbow is "sore as hell" after being hit by a Francisco Rodriguez pitch yesterday in New York. Harris also said it shouldn't affect him on the field.
-Mike Morse, on the disabled list with a calf strain, is still traveling with the Nationals, taking batting practice and grounders before games. He said he'll play a minor league rehab assignment before returning.
-Tyler Clippard, who threw 40 pitches in three dominant innings Saturday against the Mets, is available today, Manager Jim Riggleman said, but only for one inning.
-Riggleman wants Cristian Guzman to become more comfortable at third in case the Nationals need to fill in for Zimmerman again in the future. Guzman, today's starting second baseman, will also continue to work in right field.
-Brian Bruney had some trouble yesterday in the eighth inning, giving up a homer to Mike Jacobs. "As he tends to do, he overthrows a little," Riggleman said. "He kind of made a mistake with Jacobs. He threw a fastball by him that he kind of elevated a little bit. Then he got a ball down that was not a fastball and Jacobs did what what he's supposed to do with it. I thought he threw well. He didn't pitch as well as he threw. He threw hard. He didn't pitch as effectively as he's going to have to pitch."
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