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Posted at 8:41 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Ryan Zimmerman's oblique issue a 'non-factor'

By Adam Kilgore

The Nationals are rolling out of Viera, headed to Jupiter for today's game against the Marlins. Ryan Zimmerman will be staying behind, sitting out his third straight game as he waits for his slightly hurt oblique muscle to fully heal. Zimmerman is not concerned in the least. The ailment is a "non-factor," Zimmerman said, and "if it was the regular season, I would have played every single day."

Last year, Zimmerman missed the final two weeks of the season with an oblique injury. This latest tweak is not the same kind of injury, nor is it in the same spot. "It's not anything close to that," Zimmerman said. "It's really a non-factor."

Not sure on a lineup for the game yet, but these are the position players - including Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth - making the trip to Jupiter:

Jesus Flores
Ivan Rodriguez
Jhonathan Solano
Michael Aubrey
Brian Bixler
Alex Cora
Danny Espinosa
Alberto Gonzalez
Adam LaRoche
Chris Marrero
Roger Bernadina
Jeff Frazier
Bryce Harper
Michael Morse
Laynce Nix
Matt Stairs
Jonathan Van Every
Jayson Werth
Stephen Lombardozzi (extra player from minor league camp)

*It looks like Werth is not heading to Jupiter. He was on the list to go, but he's still here in Viera as the bus is already gone. Not sure what the deal is there. My guess is it's no big thing. Something to check in Jupiter.

And these are the traveling pitchers:

Jason Marquis (starter)
Craig Stammen
Todd Coffey
Doug Slaten
Josh Wilkie
Ryan Mattheus
Tim Wood
Brad Peacock (extra player from minor league camp)

By Adam Kilgore  | March 9, 2011; 8:41 AM ET
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Regarding DS's piece this morning on team defense, there is obviously plenty of things that happen that are not worth fretting about. But what does concern me is things a player did not do well the season before, and then seeing that continue in ST.
Two things then stand out as concerns.
Desmond's errors, a result of staying back on the ball, just like he did last year.
Nyjer's bunting technique / success rate, which looks as bad as last year.
On both of these counts, I was assumming improvements for 2011. Less hopeful of that now.

Posted by: Sunderland | March 9, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Brue's right. Bring back Frank Robinson. Even at 90 years old he'd be better.This guy is too nice and doesn't command respect.
Posted by: bosco3 | March 8, 2011 9:01 PM

Hhahahahah, too bad Frank has ditched the Natinals and is back where he belongs, with the Orioles.

Franks to busy talking to the O's players and giving them advice to worry about what the Natinals are gonna do to finish in 5th place in the NL East this year.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 9, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Plus, bosco isn't even that good of a chocholaty drink-mix anyway.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 9, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Werth decided that bus trips suck and he used him bonus money to hire a USMC V-22 Osprey to fly him to away games.

Posted by: estuartj | March 9, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse


Random, but I dig the reference.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 9, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I actually had the opportunity to ask Frank about his return into the Orioles fold. I asked him, "You came back to the Orioles because you love them so much, right Frank?"
His response surprised me. He said, "Heck no, have you seen this team? They stink! They begged me to teach them how to hit the darn ball. And now I'm trying to tell them what winning feels like...they're so used to losing and finishing last, they have no clue! We have some guys here now who have won in the past, but as soon as that Orioles jersey goes on, its like the orange and black cloak of doom."

Posted by: P00PY__MCP00P | March 9, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Frank was ditched by the Orioles after the 1971 season.They would never have treated Brooks like that.

Posted by: seanmg | March 9, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Franks to busy talking to the O's players...

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P
And the alleged English major makes two elementary-school errors in the first two words of his post.

Posted by: gilbertbp | March 9, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Ignore the retard.

Posted by: shanks1 | March 9, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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