I'M OUTRAGED!!! Isn't that how all great letters-to-the-editor-type missives should start?
Washington Nationals' skipper Matt Williams was asked after Jordan Zimmermann left last night's 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in Citizens Bank Park with a right bicep cramp, if the injury would result in the 28-year-old right-hander missing his second straight All-Star Game after Zimmermann sat out of the 2013 Midsummer Classic to rest a bothersome neck and prepare for the second half of the season?
"I believe so," Williams told reporters. Zimmermann was scheduled for an MRI today, the results of which have yet to be made public, but the existence of the issue alone all-but guaranteed the righty would sit out the high-stakes exhibition.
"We want to be cautious in that regard," the first-year manager explained. "So we'll see what the results are tomorrow, but I don't anticipate him pitching. I'll speak with Mike Matheny about it and we'll see what other options may be available, certainly what his needs are for the game, but I would be very cautious about that."
Williams did, however, say that with Zimmermann out, he expected another National would take the pitcher's place.
"We have to have a representative," he said, "and if it's not Jordan, it's got to be somebody. So we'll see talk about it and see what Mike's got in mind."
Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore apparently inquired about how this would all work out, however, and sent out the following message via Twitter earlier this afternoon:
Clarification via MLB: Jordan Zimmermann's all-star replacement doesn't need to come from the Nats. It could, but Matheny has no obligation.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) July 12, 2014
A short time later, Major League Baseball, through their @MLB_PR twitter account, announced that Zimmermann would be replaced by Miami Marlins' starter Henderson Alvarez, a talented and deserving pitcher. The decision, however, will leave the Nationals with no representative actually playing in the 2014 All-Star Game, unless someone else from the Nats is added to the National League roster before Tuesday:
The nation's capital's baseball fans were already frustrated by the fact that they were only going to have one player on the NL roster before Zimmermann's injury, with Anthony Rendon losing out in the Final Vote process to choose the final man on the roster in each league, and All-Star-worthy candidates like Rafael Soriano, who said he wouldn't go, Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen and Adam LaRoche all having strong seasons, but now it appears that unless a National is added if someone drops out, the Nationals will have no one actually in the 2014 All-Star Game.
Absurd that first-place #Nationals won't have an all star with Zimmermann out. Fister, Soriano, Strasburg all worthy choices.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 12, 2014