Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Win In San Diego, Ryan Zimmerman Shoulder Update, "Not Real Favorable."

Apr 24, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson (right) during batting practice before a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

"I thought I was going to get a definitive thing," Washington Nationals' skipper Davey Johnson said when asked for an update on Ryan Zimmerman's ailing shoulder last night in the post game press conference following the Nats' 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres. The 27-year-old Nats' third baseman was sent for an MRI on his shoulder after he was left out of last night's lineup for the series opener in Petco Park. "They did the test and now they're taking the disc of the test and sending it to [Team Doctor] Weimi [Douohguih]," Johnson explained, "and he'll examine it in the morning, closely, but at this point, as far as I know, it's not real favorable. So... It looks like he's going to need some more rest. So, we'll just have to wait and see in the morning." The news on Zimmerman before and after the game cast a pall over what was another great start by the Nationals' pitchers. This time it was Gio Gonzalez shutting the Padres down long enough for the Nats' offense to make something happen. The bats did just enough again. Will they come through for Jordan Zimmermann tonight in game two of three in SD? It's a 6:30 pm EDT game, just in case you were planning on sleeping after work and waking up for a late start...Until then, and until there's a Zim update. There are LINKS. RIGHT NOW...

• THE BIG STORY!!!:

• "The Nationals sent third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s MRI results to team doctor Wiemi Douoguih and will learn more about the nature and severity of his shoulder injury Wednesday..." - "Ryan Zimmerman’s MRI results ‘not real favorable,’ disabled list possible" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• NATS BEAT:

• "'I definitely try not to [pay attention to the situation with the big league team],' [Tyler] Moore said in a phone interview. "But you hear buzz about what’s going on.'" - "Moore on Nationals' radar as left-field fill-in" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Xavier Nady, who started his big league career with San Diego in 2000, started the winning rally with a double to the wall in left leading off the seventh." - "Gonzalez, Nationals beat Richard, Padres 3-1" - Bernie Wilson, AP/WTOP.com

• "Nationals starters have now thrown 22 consecutive scoreless innings. Gio Gonzalez himself has tossed 20 straight scoreless frames." - "Nationals Pastime: Lots o' zeros (Nats win 3-1)" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "What began as the feel-good story of a perennial loser suddenly enjoying success is now treading into the theater of the absurd." - "Nats' success bordering on the absurd" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's sore right shoulder held him out of the lineup again on Tuesday, and Zimmerman had an MRI to determine the severity of the injury." - "Nats' team doctor to examine Zim's MRI results" - Tim Powers, nationals.com: News

• "[Tyler] Clippard has needed to work harder this year, within the framework of one inning, than in years past." - "Another epic at-bat for Tyler Clippard" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'At this point, as far as I know, it's not real favorable,' Johnson said. 'It looks like he's going to need some more rest. We'll just have to wait and see.'" - "MRI on Ryan Zimmerman's right shoulder 'not real favorable'" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Last night, the Nats rode Gio Gonzalez, who after yesterday's six shutout innings has now has thrown 20 straight scoreless frames." - "Nationals Pastime: Enjoying life atop the National League" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "'Wilson Ramos did a great job behind the dish calling a great game,' [Gio] Gonzalez said. 'Obviously, the defense -- and then Tracy coming up to bat and bringing in those runs.'" - "Washington Nationals at San Diego Padres - April 24, 2012" - Tim Powers, MLB.com WSH Recap

• "'I am not putting excuses on anything, to tell you the truth,' [Xavier] Nady said. 'I know I'm better than this.'" - "Nady's experience is buying him time as he tries to get back in groove" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "Outfielder Brett Carroll, who was designated for assignment April 14, has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Class AAA Syracuse." - "Carroll outrighted to Syracuse" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Tuesday night, while [Ryan] Zimmerman received an MRI that returned unfavorable results, Gonzalez delivered another dazzling start in a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres..." - "Nationals vs. Padres: Gio Gonzalez delivers another gem in 3-1 win" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "[Tyler] Clippard made 72 appearances in 2011 in only 29 of those did he use 21 pitches or more." - "Opposing batters are making Tyler Clippard work this year" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "While Stephen Strasburg was enjoying his return to his hometown, the San Diego native did express some disappointment about missing a chance to start at Petco Park." - "Strasburg disappointed he won't pitch at Petco" - Tim Powers, nationals.com: News

• "[Ryan] Zimmerman has now had the benefit of three days of rest, but his inflamed right shoulder is apparently still an issue." - "Nationals Pastime: Ryan Zimmerman not in Nats lineup" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "The Nationals sent third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s MRI results to team doctor Wiemi Douoguih and will learn more about the nature and severity of his shoulder injury Wednesday..." - "Ryan Zimmerman’s MRI results ‘not real favorable,’ disabled list possible" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Matching up with [Joe] Wieland will be Jordan Zimmermann, who is in search of his first win of the season despite three impressive outings to begin the year." - "Washington Nationals at San Diego Padres - April 25, 2012" - Jon Star, MLB.com Preview

• "'You’re the man right now,' [Gio] Gonzalez told [Chad] Tracy, moments before the veteran delivered in a 3-1 Nationals victory.'" - "Pitching propels Nationals to 3-1 victory over Padres" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "If you focus only on yourself and neglect others, you will lose; but you will gain if you value others as much as you cherish yourself."

• NATS MINORS:

Class-A Hagerstown: "The Hagerstown Suns' (9-8) used four hits from catcher Adrian Nieto and two more RBIs from Matt Skole to beat the Rome Braves (4-14), 9-2, in Rome, GA, on Tuesday night." - "Nieto, Skole Lead Suns Over Braves 9-2" - Hagerstown Suns News

Class-A Potomac: "Potomac starter RHP Kyle Winters was cruising too until the bottom half of the fifth." - "WINSTON-SALEM USES FOUR RUN SIXTH TO DASH PAST POTOMAC 6-4" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: Senators 5, Curve 1 - Eury Perez - 2 for 5, 1 R; Jeff Mandel - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K's - Harrisburg Senators Scoreboard

Triple-A Syracuse: "Left-hander John Lannan, scheduled to start for the Chiefs on Tuesday, is expected to start Wednesday's game." - "Chiefs, Red Wings postponed on Tuesday" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Wednesday’s News & Notes" - Luke Erickson, NationalsProspects.com

• NATSTOWN:

• "Here’s a weird thing Davey Johnson said to MLB Network during an otherwise nice and colorful piece about his stewardship of the Nats." - "Davey Johnson says Washington is a baseball town" - Dan Steinberg, DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post

• "It's been less than a decade, but the die-hard Nats fan contingent have held out for what they expected would eventually occur." - "Die-hard Nats fans have been waiting for this" - Nationals Buzz: Rachel Levitin, MASNSports.com

• "Through four starts this year, Milone is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA. In his start last night, he threw eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out five." - "Checking In On Tommy Milone, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock, and A.J. Cole" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "The Nationals history with injuries is brutal. I know it. You know it." - "The Sky Is Falling" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• "The Nationals are looking at the possibility of another possibility of another extended stretch without third baseman Ryan Zimmerman as they open a six-game West Coast Road trip that will offer the toughest test of the season thus far." - "Zimmerman’s Injury Worse Than Expected as Road Trip Begins" - Marty Niland, D.C. Baseball History

• "Henry Rodriguez’ 88 mph change up against Orlando Hudson in the ninth may have been one of the most disgusting pitches I’ve ever seen." - "Nationals Pitching Somehow Gets Even Better As They Win NL Best 13th Game" - Joe Drugan, The Nats Blog

• "It’s hard to come up with superlatives anymore for this pitching staff. Every night seems to produce yet another dominant performance, and this one was no different." - "Washington Nationals Game 17 Review: Tracy’s pinch-hit makes winner of Gonzalez" - Dave Nichols, District Sports Page

• "Seems like only Saturday Zim was going to be back on Tuesday and saying stuff like this about his sore shoulder..." - "Surprise! Look who's not in the Nats starting lineup playing third base tonight..." - Nats Enquirer

• "I was all prepared to be positive today, really I was. I had something about Espy and Ramos and even Desmond coming back around brewing in my head." - "Saving Grace" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Marlins: "Earlier this month, the news spread that the Mets would play a video tribute to Jose Reyes before the shortstop’s first game at Citi Field as a member of the Miami Marlins." - "Here’s That Jose Reyes Tribute Video We’ve Been Hearing So Much About" - Joe DeLessio, New York Magazine

Phillies: "Ryan Howard met with a wound specialist in Philadelphia on Monday. The specialist determined the wound has improved..." - "Pence, Howard Remain Stuck in Neutral" - David Hale, Philled In

Marlins: "Today, on April 25, 2000, the Marlins played a pretty typical regular season game. The circumstances surrounding this game were definitely not typical." - "This Day In Marlins History: Marlins Lose Amid Elian Gonzalez Scandal" - Michael Jong, Fish Stripes

Braves: "On Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, it'll be a battle of the minuscule ERAs." - "Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers - April 25, 2012" - Quinn Roberts, MLB.com Preview

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