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Ryan Zimmerman scratched, a ‘manager’s decision’

May 22, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

Ryan Zimmerman AP

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was a late scratch Tuesday in what was termed a “manager’s decision” by a team spokesman.

The spokesman said Zimmerman might be available to pinch-hit. Chad Tracy is starting at third base in his place.

Zimmerman’s absence bodes well for Roy Halladay to continue his dominance of the Nationals. He’s 11-0 with a 2.09 ERA against the franchise since last losing to the Expos on June 28, 2002.

CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman points out that the Nationals used the “manager’s decision” term once before this season when they scratched Jayson Werth due to what was eventually revealed to be a migraine headache.

  1. hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    LOL awesome pic

  2. wlschneider09 - May 22, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Or not. Doc’s having a rough go of it.

  3. natstowngreg - May 23, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    Nats beat Halladay. Go figure.

  4. ennui1801 - May 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Big deal. Zimmerman couldn’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag and Tracey didn’t add much to the lineup. Lombardosi is the only one batting over .300 – except for the pitchers! Superstar Zimmerman needs to consider giving back that $100M salary; or at least share it with Lombardosi. He doesn’t get hurt eating a sandwich.

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