Ryan Zimmerman tweaked something in his right foot during the series in Coors Field, when he leapt to bring down a high throw at first base and landed awkwardly.
“Let’s see how he feels tomorrow,” manager Davey Martinez told reporters after that game in Colorado, “but he did come down awkward, so we’ll see how he feels.”
Zimmerman played in the first two games with the San Diego Padres in D.C. this weekend, but before the start of the series finale on Sunday, the 34-year-old first baseman went on the 10-Day Injured List with what a press release on the move said was plantar fasciitis.
Zimmerman, of course, missed significant time dealing with the issue in 2015.
“He was dealing with it for a couple days, but yesterday it got really bad,” Martinez said, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman, before Sunday’s game.
“He went and got an MRI this morning, and it revealed some inflammation. He’s got plantar fasciitis.”
Zimmerman is off to a slow start, with a .213/.302/.373 line, three doubles, three home runs, 10 walks, and 18 Ks in 22 games and 86 plate appearances.
Anthony Rendon, who got off to a hot start (.356/.442/.740, 10 2B, 6 HR, 9 BB, 15 Ks in 86 PAs), was unavailable on Sunday as well, though he’s avoided an IL stint thus far after he took a fastball off the left elbow in the series in Miami last weekend.
Rendon has now played in just one game since April 20th, however, and his manager said before the series finale with the Padres that the elbow acted up again when the Nationals’ 28-year-old infielder tested it in the first of three with San Diego in D.C.
“It kind of went down,” Martinez explained, again, as quoted on MASN. “He played a day, and then the next day it swelled back up. It’s in a bad, bad spot. You have that little joint right there.
“He thought he was good, and then he came in the next day and took one swing and his elbow blew up a little bit.”
Asked if Rendon would be able to avoid going on the IL, Martinez said that they’d wait and see.
“We just want to make sure he’s right,” the skipper explained.
“He started off April really good, which he even said: ‘I never have good Aprils.’ We want to make sure when he comes back, he’s still doing real good.”
After Sunday’s extra-innings, walk-off win, the second-year skipper was asked if Rendon had been available to hit in the game, and he said no.
“He tried to take some swings, and just ... we’ll have to reevaluate tomorrow and see what’s going on.”