Apr 09, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) singles to right during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Ryan Zimmerman has been out of the Washington Nationals' lineup since April 20th with right shoulder inflammation. The 27-year-old third baseman, who reportedly injured the shoulder on one of a series of diving plays in the field (and possibly one on a play at the plate) worked out in the field this past Sunday and took BP with the team before the series finale with the Philadelphia Phillies and when no further issues arose with the AC joint that had been bothering the right-handed hitting and throwing infielder, he was reinstated from the DL after missing 14 games. The Nats' '05 1st Round pick has a .224/.324/.345 line so far this season in 15 games and 68 plate appearances, over which the eight-year veteran has hit four doubles and one HR. After the BP session on Sunday, Zimmerman told reporters, including the Washington Post's James Wagner, that he wasn't going to change anything about his aggressive style. "'I’m going to continue to dive,' the WaPost's Mr. Wagner quoted Zimmerman stating, "'I’ve played the way I’ve played for seven years. This is the first time [the shoulder has] ever acted up.'" The Nationals officially announced Zimmerman's return on Twitter this afternoon:
Jayson Werth, as noted in a post this morning, underwent surgery yesterday to, "... repair a displaced left distal radius fracture." The outfielder is expected to miss at least 12 weeks while he recovers from the broken wrist suffered in Sunday night's game.
There's no word from the Nats as of 1:35 pm EDT if injured first baseman Adam LaRoche will return to the lineup tonight after missing several games with an oblique issue. The left-handed hitting and throwing first baseman said this weekend he expected to be ready to return for tonight's game. We'll see when the lineup is announced...