Both Nats' skipper Davey Johnson and D.C. GM Mike Rizzo told reporters within the last twenty-four hours that they were waiting on the results of the MRI peformed on 27-year-old Washington Nationals' third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's right shoulder before making any announcements about what the near future held for the Nats' three-hole hitter and Gold Glove winning infielder. "They did the test and now they're taking the disc of the test and sending it to [Team Doctor] Weimi [Douohguih]," Johnson told reporters after last night's win over the Padres, "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."
Zimmerman finally spoke to reporters this afternoon and bucking the recent trend of bad news involving every one of the injured Nats from Chris Marrero to Michael Morse to Drew Storen, the reporters out of San Diego this afternoon are not as dire as some had worried. The MRI confirmed that the issue was with the AC joint where Zimmerman's had inflammation and soreness, but they also confirmed there's no structural damage and as of now the infielder himself is saying he doesn't think it's an issue that will lead to a prolonged DL stint...
Here's what the Nats' FOF told Nats beat writers this afternoon:
• Washington Times' Amanda Comak (@AComak):
Ryan Zimmerman said MRI went well&"everything was fine." Confirmed diagnosis of AC joint issue/soreness. Try to hit tom., decide from there.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) April 25, 2012
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Ryan Zimmerman: "Nothing is injured. That was the best possible news." Said he still thinks it won't be an "extensive" amount of time.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) April 25, 2012
• MLB.com's Bill Ladson (@washingnats):
• Washington Post's Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP):
Ryan Zimmerman upbeat about MRI results. He's off today. Tomorrow he'll work out, determine if he can play or needs anti-inflammatory shot.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) April 25, 2012
Bottom line on Zim, from his telling: No extensive time off. May need DL, but it'll be a short stay if so. "Peace of mind," he said.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) April 25, 2012