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Ryan Zimmerman scratched with right shoulder inflammation

Apr 21, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

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Ryan Zimmerman was expected to get the day off tomorrow, so it was a bit of a surprise to see Mark DeRosa run out to third base this afternoon against the Marlins. According to Mark Zuckerman of, Zimmerman was a late-minute scratch due to mild right shoulder inflammation.

The team announced that Zimmerman has “no structural damage in the least,” though no MRI was performed. He is listed as day-to-day right now.

Zimmerman, 27, is hitting .224/.324/.345 with one home run, seven RBI and a .668 OPS through 68 plate appearances this season. He signed a six-year, $100 million extension in late February which will keep him with the Nationals through at least 2019.

  1. dieselfan44 - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Good teams can sit their best and still get the W…great game..Desmond quickly becoming one of the best SS’s in the game

    • natstowngreg - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      Zimmerman was announced in the lineup. However, just as the game was about to begin, the lineup change was announced.

      The Nats put out a lineup with DeRosa batting 3rd, Chad Tracy (giving LaRoche a day off) batting cleanup. Strasburg wasn’t that sharp, but pitched 6 scoreless. Anibal Sanchez was sharp until hanging pitches to Desmond and Werth. Then Lidge blew the save by hanging one to Logan Morrison. Happily, Gaby Sanchez threw a ball away in the 10th, setting up Desmond’s walk-off sac fly.

      And they got the game in well in time to avoid the major thunderstorms headed our way. The Nats are 12-4. Life is good.

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