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Washington Nationals place Ryan Zimmerman on 10-Day DL; bring Mark Reynolds up from Triple-A

Ryan Zimmerman is the latest National to land on the Disabled List and veteran slugger Mark Reynolds was brought up from Triple-A Syracuse to take his place on the roster before the third of four with the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

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Ryan Zimmerman returned to the Washington Nationals’ lineup for the second and third of three games against the San Diego Padres in Petco Park, after the 33-year-old infielder had missed three games with a back issue he suffered on a diving play at first during the Nats’ last homestand.

Martinez gave Zimmerman a night off in the series opener in Arizona, however, explaining to reporters that the first baseman was, “starting to swing the bat good, and we want to keep it that way. I don’t want to mess anything up. I want him to be healthy for the whole year,” as quoted on MLB.com.

After the first game with the D-backs, the first-year skipper said that Zimmerman’s back had tightened up on him again.

“He tried to get loose,” Martinez explained, “... so we had to back down a little bit. So we’ll have to reevaluate tomorrow.”

Zimmerman missed out on the second game in Chase Field as well, and this afternoon the Nationals decided to place the veteran on the 10-Day Disabled List with what was described in a press release on the move as a “right oblique strain”, retroactive to May 10th.

Reporters in Phoenix noticed Mark Reynolds was up in the visitor’s clubhouse this afternoon and the Nationals made the announcement after the lineup card was posted with Reynolds on there and Zimmerman left off.

Reynolds, 34, signed a minor league deal with the Nats in mid-April, and reported to Triple-A Syracuse, where the 11-year veteran, (who posted a .267/.352/.487 line, 22 doubles and 30 home runs in 148 games and 520 plate appearances in Colorado last season over which he was worth 0.8 fWAR), put up a .231/.286/.333 line with a double and a home run in 10 games and 39 PAs before he was called up today.

To make room on the 40-Man roster for Reynolds’ addition, the Nationals transferred right-hander Joaquin Benoit to the 60-Day DL.