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Nationals' lineup vs Mets: No Ryan Zimmerman for 2nd of 3 with NY in D.C.

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Ryan Zimmerman missed Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves, but the 30-year-old first baseman returned to the lineup on Monday. Zimmerman is out again, however, for the second of three with the New York Mets in D.C.

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Ryan Zimmerman sat out of Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves, but when Washington Nationals' skipper Matt Williams talked to reporters after the win, he explained that the 30-year-old first baseman had a flare up of the plantar fasciitis in his left foot that would have to be managed carefully.

"Foot is a little sore. That's one of those things. We can't get him over that threshold to where it just won't go away. So a little sore after yesterday and gave him today." -Matt Williams on Ryan Zimmerman on Sunday

"Foot is a little sore," Williams said. "That's one of those things. We can't get him over that threshold to where it just won't go away. So a little sore after yesterday and gave him today.

"Stayed off him as much as we possibly could today which worked out and he'll be good to go tomorrow."

Zimmerman did return to the lineup for Monday's series opener with the New York Mets, going 2 for 5 with a run scored and two Ks, but he's apparently out again tonight for the second game of three with the current division leaders.

With his single in the second inning yesterday, Zimmerman extended his hit streak to eleven-straight games, over which the veteran infielder is 20 for 46 (.435/.417/.913) with four doubles, six home runs and 18 RBIs.

Since he returned from a 39-game stint on the DL on July 28th, Zimmerman has put up an impressive .311/.372/.652 line, 13 doubles, 11 home runs, 16 walks and 39 Ks in 39 games and 156 plate appearances, with his 39 runs batted in over that stretch the most by any NL player.

According to reports out of Nationals Park today, it's a left oblique issue that's bothering Zimmerman now:

His absence in such a big game is a blow for the Nationals, who are fighting to stay alive in the race for the division title. Monday's loss left Washington 5.0 games behind NY in the NL East with 25 games to play.

Clint Robinson will play first base tonight for the Nationals. So far this season, the 30-year-old rookie has put up a .267/.364/.422 line with 13 doubles and seven home runs in 105 games and 269 PAs.

Here's the Nationals' lineup for the second game of three with the Mets in D.C. via MLB.com's Bill Ladson: