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Ryan Zimmerman rejoins Nationals after disabled list stint

May 8, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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As expected, the Nationals have activated Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list after the third baseman missed 15 games with a shoulder injury.

Zimmerman being placed on the DL is what motivated the Nationals to call up Bryce Harper, but obviously sending the 19-year-old phenom back to the minors ceased being an option almost immediately upon his arrival in the majors.

Instead the Nationals cleared space for Zimmerman’s return to the roster by placing Jayson Werth on the DL with a broken wrist that has a 12-week recovery timetable.

Zimmerman hit just .224 with one homer and a .668 OPS in 15 games before being shut down, but with Werth and Michael Morse both shelved by injures Washington can definitely use the lineup boost he figures to provide if healthy.

  1. natstowngreg - May 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Lose a bat, gain two.

    Before he goes back to the bench (or another position), a few kind words about Steve Lombardozzi the Younger. He did a nice job impersonating Zimmerman at 3B, got on base some and had a couple of clutch hits. The kid should continue to get some AB somewhere — possibly as a short-term replaement for Danny Espinosa, whose hitting has been awful.

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