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Ryan Zimmerman undergoes shoulder surgery

Oct 25, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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Cortisone injections kept Ryan Zimmerman playing–and playing remarkably well–despite season-long shoulder problems and today the Nationals third baseman underwent arthroscopic surgery.

Mark Zuckerman of reports that the recovery timetable is six weeks, so barring any setbacks Zimmerman should have plenty of time to get healthy for spring training.

Prior to his first injection Zimmerman hit just .218 with three homers and a .590 OPS in 55 games, but he hit .321 with 22 homers and a .967 OPS in his final 90 games to finish the year with an .824 OPS that’s right in line with his .832 career mark.

  1. frenchysplatediscipline - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Maybe they can fix it so he throws to first like a normal person…

    • natstowngreg - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      That should be one result of the surgery.

    • billgatesbarber - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      No surgery can fix that…unless its neurosurgery.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      Hahaha! Yeah.
      Although his trowing motion is certainly unorthodoxed (even off-kilter it seems)…dude is a solid 3rd Baseman.
      If I were a Nationals fan I would hope the surgery does nothing to fix that motion.
      It obviously works for him.

      • frenchysplatediscipline - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:56 AM

        Oh yeah – totally agree!

        Because if I was a Nats fan I would definitely want him to keep finishing in the top 5 most errors committed by a 3rd baseman every year he plays a full season!

  2. dcfan4life - Oct 25, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Starting the season healthy, fresh, with both Morse and Werth in the lineup from the get to, who knows how good the Nats can be.

    • frenchysplatediscipline - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      My guess is the loss to the Cardinals will cast a large pall over the franchise and they will suck again.

      My vote is for 90 losses next season…

      • dcfan4life - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:55 PM

        With the Nats pitching, you cant be serious. You can say they may not make the playoffs, but 90 losses is an absolute joke.

      • frenchysplatediscipline - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

        Nope. I am hoping for 100 losses. But I will settle for 90…

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