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No improvement for Ryan Zimmerman's injury

Ryan Zimmerman's strained rib did not improve from yesterday to today, a development that does not bode well for Zimmerman's return this season. Yesterday, Manager Jim Riggleman said it's possible Zimmerman won't play again this season. Today, Zimmerman was sufficiently sore that he did not plan on taking any swings.

"No change," Riggleman said. "As long as there's no change, he won't play. It's got to get a lot better for him to play. It feels the same. It might be a little better, but not enough to change his status."

Alberto Gonzalez will play third base for the fourth straight game in place of Zimmerman, who has played 142 games this season. If Zimmerman's season is over, he finishes with a career-best .307 average and .388 on-base percentage. His 144 OPS+ is also the best mark of his career. Zimmerman has hit 25 home runs despite a surprising late-season power slump - he has hit one home run in his past 132 at-bats and hasn't hit one in September.

By Adam Kilgore  | September 26, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
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If he's been playing with this, I imagine that his late season power slump is related to the injury.

Posted by: jcj5y | September 26, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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