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With cold weather, Ryan Zimmerman out again

With the temperature dropping and wind whipping furiously at Wrigley Field, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, battling a sore right hamstring, was held out of the starting line up on Monday for a fifth-straight game as the Nationals continue to take a cautious approach with their star player.
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"He's making a little progress, but he feels it in there enough that we all kind of know if he bursts out there enough, he's got a chance to reaggravate it," Manager Jim Riggleman said before his club faced the Chicago Cubs. "In this cold weather, we're just going to be real conservative about how we use him and just use him as a pinch hitter right now."

The temperature was about 50 degrees with winds as fast as 20 miles per hour blowing the flags at Wrigley Field in different directions. The Cubs on Monday host this season's first night game, a rarity in Chicago. Zimmerman's best chance to return seems to be Wednesday, when the teams finish up their three-game series with an afternoon game here.

Zimmerman came into pinch hit on Sunday in the Nationals' win over the Los Angeles Dodgers; he lined out. Zimmerman, who planned to run on Monday before the game, said he has been feeling better each day and was available to play against the Cubs. He has been instructed not to hustle to beat out throws at first base or to exert himself if he does enter the game.

Zimmerman played down the idea that the weather factored into the decision to rest on Monday.

"If I was going to be ready to play, I was going to be ready to play, whether it was 100 degrees or 40 degrees," Zimmerman said. "I've waited four or five days. There's no reason to come back one or two days early and then have to start all over again when it's still April."

By Mark Viera  |  April 26, 2010; 7:40 PM ET
Categories:  Ryan Zimmerman  
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