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Ryan Zimmerman undergoing MRI on throwing shoulder

Apr 24, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

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Ryan Zimmerman hasn’t played since Friday because of soreness in his right shoulder. And there’s a chance his absence could last far longer.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Zimmerman is scheduled to have an MRI Tuesday night on his ailing throwing shoulder, with Nationals manager Davey Johnson fearing that the 27-year-old third baseman has suffered a muscle tear.

Zimmerman can field and make throws without pain, but he feels discomfort when swinging a bat.

The $100 million man has posted a .224/.324/.345 batting line, one home run and seven RBI in 15 games this season. Steve Lombardozzi started at third base in Tuesday’s series-opener against the Padres.

  1. buffalomafia - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    This chump isn’t worth two nickles! He gets hurt every year!

    • ezthinking - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:07 AM

      but buffalo goes for about $6 a pound if its processed.

  2. natstowngreg - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    uh oh.

    The Nats have been winning with pitching and defense and 2-3 runs a game. That’s a very small margin for error. Not having Zimmerman (along with not having Morse) makes the margin even smaller.

  3. chc4 - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Nats have also played the worst teams in the league — Padres, Cubs, Astros, Mets. Wait til they actually stop playing tomato cans.

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