Ryan Zimmerman’s infield single in the second inning of last night’s game left him 13 for 43 (.302/.326/.419) with five doubles in 11 games and 46 plate appearances since the 34-year-old first baseman returned from a 55-game stint on the Injured List with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Unfortunately for Zimmerman, in the process of running out the single in SunTrust Park, the 15-year veteran re-injured the right foot, pulling up with an obvious issue as he approached the bag. Zimmerman was caught on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball’s microphones telling his counterpart, Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman, that he’d felt something in his heel.
Zimmerman left the game after a brief talk with his manager and Nats’ trainer Paul Lessard, with the Nationals announcing during the game that it was, obviously, a right foot issue for the infielder.
“He’s been fine,” Davey Martinez told reporters, as quoted by Washington Post writer Jesse Dougherty, after the 7-1 loss in Atlanta.
“He’s been taking care of it, doing all these treatments and that type of stuff. He hit the ball, he thought Donaldson had caught it and ran hard to first base, so we’ll see what happens after the MRI tomorrow.”
Zimmerman too said he’d felt good in recent days before things took a turn for the worse.
“The last three or four days or so have been the best it’s felt,” Zimmerman said, as quoted by MLB.com’s Jamal Collier.
“It kind of started to — not turn a corner where its completely gone, but definitely feel like I can be a little bit more athletic and do some things. But, yeah, it’s frustrating. Been feeling better at the plate and been starting to get back into it a little bit, and then for it to act up again -- we’ll see what it says tomorrow and go from there.”
Zimmerman, as Martinez said, was headed for an MRI once the team got back to D.C. so he could get a better idea of the extent of the injury.
“I mean, it’s not good obviously, but it’s hard to tell now,” he said, and as for how bad it is, he added, “I’ll be able to answer that question precisely for you tomorrow.”
This afternoon, the Nats placed Zimmerman on the 10-Day IL, calling Andrew Stevenson up to take his spot on the roster in a series of moves in advance of their series with the Colorado Rockies.
#Nationals’ roster moves:— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) July 22, 2019
· Selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Michael Blazek from Triple-A Fresno
· Recalled outfielder Andrew Stevenson from Triple-A Fresno
· Placed first baseman Ryan
Zimmerman on the 10-day Injured List with plantar fasciitis in his right foot
#Nationals' Additional Roster Moves:— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) July 22, 2019
· Transferred right-handed pitcher Justin Miller to the 60-day Injured List.
· Optioned right-handed pitcher Kyle McGowin to Double-A Harrisburg.