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Ryan Zimmerman scratched due to abdominal tenderness

Jul 4, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

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Oh, it may be weary. Them abdomens, they do get wearied. Wearing that same old ace bandage dressing.  But when it gets weary, try a little tenderness, yeah, yeah …

What? It’s a holiday. You want some actual hardcore analysis, or do you want Otis Redding references? And before you answer that, remember, you’re not an American if you don’t like Otis Redding.

Fine, be that way: Ryan Zimmerman was held out of today’s Nats’ lineup because he’s feeling some tenderness (yeah, yeah) in his abdomen. You know, the one that he had surgery on earlier this season and which kept him out of action for an extended period. So that’s not good, especially given all of his throwing problems recently.

In other Nats injury news, Mike Morse is out of the lineup too. Davey Johnson’s initial assessment of his forearm, which was hit by a pitch on Saturday, having a hairline fracture was ruled out by an MRI, but he’s still sore and/or contused, so it’s more rest for him.

  1. APBA Guy - Jul 4, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Extraordinarily proud that you cited Otis instead of Three Dog Night on the “Try A Little Tenderness” reference.

  2. jimbo1949 - Jul 4, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    you’re not an American if you don’t like Otis Redding.
    .
    Ironically Live in Europe is my favorite Otis album.

    Did you see the lump on Morse’s forearm? Humongous!

  3. royhobbs39 - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Davey Johnson was overruled by a MRI?!? The kids and their “medical science”! Next thing you know these so-called “doctors” are going to have him rest it instead if play through it! Back in my day we would rub it down with molasses and a tobacco leaf and it would be right as rain.

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    I wouldn’t pin all of Ryan Zimmerman’s issues throwing on the abdominal surgery. If my memory serves correct, he has issues throwing the ball last year too. When Zimmerman was off balance he was fine, but when he had time and was set the ball was going everywhere. Wheels made a big deal about it because he found it odd. For all those basketball fans out there who remember Jeff Malone, it was kind of like him. Malone would intentionally fade away on every shot, even wide opens shots, because he couldn’t make it if he was standing still. I say, odd indeed.

  5. purdueman - Jul 4, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Truth is, there’s nothing wrong with Ryan that getting off a steady diet of bean burrito’s and hot sauce won’t fix!

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