Washington Nationals' third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was a late scratch from this afternoon's game, with Mark DeRosa taking over at third just as the Nats took the field behind right-hander Stephen Strasburg in the top of the first against the Miami Marlins. "Mild right shoulder inflammation," was the word from Nationals Park in the third inning, with NatsInsider.com's Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) adding to that diagnosis in a Tweet, noting that the team said there is, "No structural damage in the least."
Nats' skipper Davey Johnson had planned to give Zimmerman a day off tomorrow to take advantage of the off-day Monday to get the 27-year-old third baseman two days of rest. The immediate speculation was that a foul that Zimmerman took off his ankle late in last night's game might have been the reason for the late scratch, but the Nationals announced the details of the shoulder issue during today's game, noting that Zimmerman was officially listed as day-to-day.
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