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Ryan Zimmerman may miss rest of season

Correction: This post incorrectly said that Ryan Zimmerman had an .899 slugging percentage. That was his on-base plus slugging percentage; his slugging percentage was .510.

The Nationals will be "conservative" with how they treat Ryan Zimmerman's strained rib injury, and it is possible he will not play again this year, Manager Jim Riggleman said. Zimmerman, who will sit out for the third straight game today, said his strained rib muscle feels the "same," not necessarily better. Zimmerman will take light swings in the batting cage today, but he will not be available even to pinch-hit, Riggleman said.

It is unlikely Zimmerman will return tomorrow -- "I'd have to hear something very encouraging from him," Riggleman said -- and there is a chance, according to Riggleman, that Zimmerman, with seven games left after today, has played his final game of the 2010 season.

"That's a possibility," Riggleman said. "But he might play tomorrow. It depends on what he tells me here today. It could be two weeks and he's still feeling it. It has to be that he's got no issues.

"We're just going to be really conservative about when we put him back out there. We're just really concerned that -- what I don't want to have happen is that he plays in a game, swings and hurts it, and now it's a month into the offseason that he's got to rehab the injury. That's not the way you want a player going into the offseason -- before he's got to get on track with what he's got to do to get on track for next year, first he's got to rehab an injury. If we can avoid that, we will."

Zimmerman is batting .307 with a .388 on-base percentage and an .899 slugging percentage, numbers that, paired with Gold Glove defense, could earn him fringe MVP support on the lower half of the 10-place ballot. Zimmerman, who also missed time in late April with two hamstring tweaks, has hit 24 home runs in 142 games.

Utility infielder Alberto Gonzalez has replaced Zimmerman at third base for all three games he's missed, including today.

By Adam Kilgore  | September 25, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
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Obviously, at this point in this season, keeping Zim out as long as he is anything less than 100% is a no brainer. Feel better Zim!

Posted by: NatsFly | September 25, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Uh, that would be 25 dingers, Mr. Kigore. Let's not short the man.

Posted by: RLFWDC | September 25, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

".899 slugging percentage"

yyyyyyyyyyeeeaaaahhhhh. I don't think so.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 25, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

There was one play last night where a hit ball got past Gonzalez where I thought, Zimmerman woulda had that.

That said, I'd give Ryan all the time he needs, even if it means not seeing him again until next season.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | September 25, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

.899 slugging? Did he mean .899 OPS?

Posted by: kerewin1971 | September 25, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Yup, .899 OPS.

And a .951 fielding percentage isn't Gold Glove material, is it?

And 85 RBI, enh.

Good player, and real happy to have him, but I don't think he's getting any MVP votes, even "fringe".

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | September 25, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

So... The theory is that he might be held out of playing in any more regular season games so that he can be healthy for the off-season? On the one hand I kind of get it, but on the other hand it makes my brain want to explode.

Posted by: funafuti | September 25, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Kerpow! Splurt! Drip...drip...drip...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 25, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's let Zimmerman get better now. There is nothing to gain this year -- best to let him heal.

The upside is that FINALLY Alberto Gonzalez can get some consistent playing time, of only for a week or so. That guy deserves it and then some. There aren't many teams who let players as good all-around as AG sit on the bench so very much.

His defense might actually be a plus -- over our Gold-Glover. That arm is something.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | September 26, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I love Zim, but come on with the MVP BS. No one on a team that can't even win 70 games deserves to be considered the most valuable player in the league. I'd also add that Dunn has probably been more valuable to the Nats this year.

Posted by: fitzroysq | September 26, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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