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Ryan Zimmerman likely out for season

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will not play today and, with six games remaining, will likely miss the rest of the season with a strained rib muscle that is showing few signs of healing, according to a source close to Zimmerman. Since Zimmerman has already missed four games, he will have sat out the last 10 games of the year by year's end.

Zimmerman felt a nagging pain in his intercostal muscle last week, the product of wear and tear over baseball's long season. He hoped to miss only a game or two, but the muscle strain has not improved. The Nationals are wary of their best player seriously injuring the muscle on a swing and either doing long-term damage or hindering his offseason program.

Zimmerman is hitting .307 with a.388 on-base percentage, a .510 slugging percentage and 25 home runs. With a 7.3 Wins Above Replacement, the analytical Web site FanGraphs.com ranks Zimmerman as the second-most valuable player in the National League, behind only Reds first baseman Joey Votto.

Zimmerman, who will turn 26 tomorrow, has played 142 games this season because of his latest injury and also a pair of minor hamstring strains back in late April.

By Adam Kilgore  | September 27, 2010; 2:16 PM ET
 
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Makes sense. Congrats to Zim on yet another fine season, you're still the man here. Also, enjoyed the dry sense of humor we got to see on the Geico ads this season (which otherwise got tiresome to watch at times--both the Geico ads and the season).

Posted by: thelonghaul | September 27, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

He's probably happy he doesn't have to don a Natinals jersey any more this year.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Cage diving with white sharks eh? Hmmm, yeah if its near the Morro Bay sewage treatment plant ... or San Simeon's for that matter no wonder you call yourself poopy_mcpoop. Lots of stanky primary effluent upon which you feed dude!

Posted by: periculum | September 27, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Just got off the phone with Maynard James Keenan, and he said the Natinals "are in desperate need of a real good stinkfisting."

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Also, best wishes to Zim's mom as she continues to battle MS. I'm sure she's incredibly proud of her son, and I'm sure he looks forward to getting some more time to spend with her during the off-season.

Posted by: thelonghaul | September 27, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Poopy,

obsessive knowledge of juvenile comedy, merely confirming that you are a zit faced adolescent...

Posted by: stantonpark | September 27, 2010 2:49 PM
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You know your Natinals are terrible and you offer nothing of significance when all you can do is anonymously hurl personal attacks.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

That Wins Above Replacement stat is about the stupidest thing going.

Anyway, Zim had aa All Star caliber year, no matter how you stack up his numbers. Just hope nothing lingers from this rib cage injury.

Posted by: dfh21 | September 27, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Shut him down, no need to have the guy play in pain just so we can maybe scratch out one more win. Proved, once again, he's the man at third.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | September 27, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

His drop off in power numbers at the end is disconcerting in light of this recent news. It may that this injury has been there longer than reported. Kind of like the thumb injury that Kearns had that no one knew he had.

Posted by: periculum | September 27, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Brooks Robinson and/or Mike Schmidt beg to differ on who really is the man at 3rd.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Brooks Robinson and/or Mike Schmidt beg to differ on who really is the man at 3rd.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2010 3:14 PM

The same Brooks Robinson who called Zimmerman his favorite player in baseball?

Posted by: Kev29 | September 27, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I pulled a rib muscle once. Took a couple of months to heal, IIRC. For some reason, ribcage muslce injuries can be nagging.

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 27, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for a great season, Z-man. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and an equally-good (if not better) season in 2011.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | September 27, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"That Wins Above Replacement stat is about the stupidest thing going."

Why? Do you have a particular objection to the methodology, is it too new-fangled (i.e., it wasn't on the back of baseball cards when you were growing up) or what? Because, while it has it flaws, it's roughly 1/1000 as stupid as RBI, so I'm not sure where you are setting the bar for "stupidest thing going."

Posted by: Section220 | September 27, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Say what you will about RBI, but I know one when I see one. Unlike a WAR, an UZR or any of those other new-fangled things.

Posted by: FeelWood | September 27, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"Say what you will about RBI, but I know one when I see one. Unlike a WAR, an UZR or any of those other new-fangled things."

I think that counts as the back of the baseball card category.

Posted by: zimbar | September 27, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the great season Zim, and get well soon. And Happy Birthday!

Posted by: NatsFly | September 27, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

The troll is just doing what trolls do to show their idiocy...making unfounded, unsupportable statements, then, when someone bothers to do a little research and blows him/her out of the water, they simply say that they don't believe the truth.

By the way, the easiest way to heal a ribcage injury, like Zim has, is to stop breathing. Oh wait, there are other consequences from that particular cure. Never Mind! Get well, Zimm, see you in Viera.

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | September 27, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Poop,

is that your first name or your last?

Posted by: stantonpark | September 27, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Another great year, rarely went to a game that he didn't make a highlight reel play. But these injuries are worrisome. Anyway, thanks for the memories, looking forward to next year and to Cooperstown.

Also, I think it was Boz or anyway it was somebody who said that Zimm was not as good as Robinson but was as good as Schmidt and Nettles. Which is pretty darn good.

Posted by: markfromark | September 27, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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