Ryan Zimmerman missed 55 games earlier this season while waiting for the pain from the plantar fasciitis issue in his right foot to subside.
After just eleven games back, however, over which he put up an impressive .302/.326/.419 line, the 34-year-old, 15-year veteran ended up back on the 10-Day IL on Monday, after the issue cropped up again while he was running out an infield single in the series finale of the four-game set with the Atlanta Braves this past weekend.
“He has a slight rupture of his plantar,” Nats’ manager Davey Martinez told reporters before last night’s game was eventually postponed.
“And from past experience — I’ve had it — it now is just really pain tolerance. It can go away really fast, it can come back, or it could take a while, so IL stint for him, which is 10 days, and hopefully he gets through it and he can come back as soon as possible.”
With Zimmerman out, Martinez said, Matt Adams is likely to get the bulk of the playing time at first base, and with Howie Kendrick and Gerardo Parra capable of backing Adams up, the Nationals made the decision to bring up outfielder Andrew Stevenson, who’s put up a solid .340/.389/.512 line with 17 doubles, eight triples, and six homers in 72 games in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League this season.
“For right now with [Adams] going to get the bulk of playing time,” Martinez said, “you have all these right-handed pitchers, we thought Stevenson coming off the bench will help out.”
Stevenson has just a .215/.293/.264 line thus far in 103 games and 167 plate appearances in the majors since he was selected in the 2nd Round of the 2015 Draft, but Martinez said he’s confident the 25-year-old, left-handed bat can contribute off the bench.
“As we saw last year,” Martinez explained, “his pinch hitting last year for us was really good. I think it has a lot to do with just his confidence. He’s been playing really well.
“His outfield, they said he’s playing really well in the outfield, but really, really putting good at bats together, and like I said, we had him last year coming off the bench pinch hitting, and he did well for us, so I thought at this point, another left-handed bat off the bench now that Matty is going to be in [at first] there would be nice.”
Adams is starting against Colorado Rockies’ right-hander Peter Lambert tonight...