Nats' Press Release: "Ryan Zimmerman saw Dr. Bill Meyers in Philly on Friday and was diagnosed with an abdominal tear (isolated tear of rectus)...he will have surgery Tuesday morning in Philly, performed by Dr. Meyers... Zim is expected to miss six weeks."
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported within the last half-hour that Nats' third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, on the DL since April 10th (and out of action since the 9th) with an abdominal strain, has been diagnosed with what he originally wrote was a sports hernia which could result in the 26-year-old Face of the Nats Franchise being out of action until the All-Star Break: "#Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman needs surgery, believed to be for sports hernia. Two sources say out til break, another says not that long."
Several media outlets have since confirmed that the injury is a "torn rectus muscle." Zimmerman will have surgery this coming Tuesday in Philadelphia, and is expected to miss six weeks while recovering.
Nationals' Skipper Jim Riggleman told the press this morning, in a pregame interview at Nats Park that Zimmerman had thrown recently to gauge his recovery and seen no improvement, "He's gone out and thrown," Riggleman explained, "and from one day to the next didn't feel any better than the previous day, and that's after two or three weeks off, so that's concerning." The official diagnosis came several hours later.