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Nationals place Ryan Zimmerman on DL, promote Anthony Rendon

Apr 20, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

Anthony Rendon AP

The Nationals placed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled list with a sore left hamstring. In response, they have recalled prospect Anthony Rendon from Double-A Harrisburg, reports Adam Kilgore.

Zimmerman had been struggling at the plate, managing a paltry .670 OPS with just one home run. He also appeared to have issues throwing, perhaps related to the shoulder problems that bothered him last year and during spring training prior to the 2013 regular season getting under way.

In 65 plate appearances over 14 games in Double-A, Rendon posted a .962 OPS with two homers and an impressive 14-to-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The 22-year-old, who will start according to manager Davey Johnson, was ranked as the 19th-best prospect going into 2012 and the 30th-best heading into this season, according to Baseball America.

  1. dondada10 - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Wonder what’s gonna happen with Zimmerman. He has the yips at third. Howie Rose said it best: he’s no longer throwing, he’s casting a lure.

  2. lphboston - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    I don’t know if Rendon is the answer or turns out to be the DC version of Jackie Bradley Jr., but one thing is clear — the Nats need a spark.

    You can say nothing has gone right and that there is still tons of talent and 10-7 is not all that bad, but there are problems everywhere:

    1. Whoever is trying to save Strasburg’s arm by having him nibble instead of overpowering hitters with 97 mph heat should be let go. Right now JZimm is their No. 1 and Detwiler is head and shoulders over Gio.

    2. Everyone wanted LaRoche back, but it’s clear now that Morse playing for a contract would have been better than ALR with one. And that just delays the Ryan Zim to 1B move until 2015. Watching an ineffective ALR is like listening to elevator music.

    3. The bullpen is more than a mess. Dave Johnson is gone after this year. Rizzo should see what he can do about prying Maddon away from the Rays. No one is better at putting together a bullpen than Maddon.

    Yes, it’s early, but the Nats have their hands full with Atlanta this season and Washington has not won a series against a decent team since the middle of last December.

    It’s time the rest of the team starts playing with Bryce Harper intensity.

    • lphboston - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      cx..meant last September.

  3. coryfor3 - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Zimmerman will end up playing first base for the long term

  4. coryfor3 - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Move zimmerman to first and then just make laroche your guy to move around and play some as a corner outfielder too. Laroche can probably still play 3 days a week that way. Assuming Zimmerman can’t play third anymore.

  5. Chris K - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Everyone knows LaRoche didn’t turn it up until the second half. It’s like clockwork

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