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Ryan Zimmerman to see specialist for shoulder injury

Apr 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Ryan Zimmerman‘s shoulder injury showed no improvement after a round of batting practice yesterday, so the Nationals third baseman will be examined by a specialist in Los Angeles.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Zimmerman is expected to get a cortisone shot, which typically knocks players out of action for at least 2-3 days, and a disabled list stint seems all but certain at this point.

Zimmerman has already been on the active roster without being available to play for nearly a week, so continuing to play short-handed makes little sense for the Nationals even though manager Davey Johnson stressed that they’re willing to wait because “he’s our best player.”

Zimmerman initially hurt his shoulder making several diving plays last week and told Kilgore that he’d likely “get a shot and play” through the injury if it was September rather than April. Doing that for 4-5 months isn’t really an option and after missing most of last season with an abdominal injury Zimmerman stressed that taking a long-term view of the situation is his priority.

He signed a six-year, $100 million contract extension in February.

  1. mybrunoblog - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    That $100 million contract extension is hanging over the Nats like The sword of Damocles.
    Nats front office guys just ran over to the National Cathedral to light some candles for Zimmermans shoulder.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      He’s still cheaper than Werth.

  2. ame123 - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Nats are in trouble. Once the Pitching comes down to earth they wheels will come off.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      Yeah, once Gio, Strasburg, Zimmerman and Jackson all of a sudden lose their effective talents…seriously dude.

  3. tcostant - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Nats are fine, they just need a new team doctor.

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