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Ryan Zimmerman’s MRI comes up negative

Apr 6, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

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Ryan Zimmerman left Saturday┬ánight’s game against the Braves with shoulder soreness. His MRI turned up negative, Chase Hughes of CSN Washington reports.

Zimmerman sat out Sunday’s game against the Braves, but pinch-hit in the eighth inning. Manager Matt Williams explained why:

“Swinging is fine. The issue he’s got is probably throwing overload. He throws a lot and he works at it really hard so it may be a little overload at this point,” Williams said.

Williams also talked about potentially lowering Zimmerman’s workload in fielding drills.

On Saturday night, Zimmerman fielded an Andrelton Simmons ground ball, but made a very awkward-looking throw to first base, exemplifying the third baseman’s shoulder discomfort. He had off-season shoulder surgery in 2012, but he has yet to rediscover his throwing mechanics. Zimmerman may eventually require a move to first base, but Williams said, “I envision him playing third base.”

  1. greymares - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    He’s going to first base or some other team you can’t play 3rd base with an arm like that.

  2. lphboston - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Grey you are right. Zimmerman’s throwing is unacceptable, and has already cost the Nats one game against their biggest rival. Every other 3B in the majors makes that play. It just can’t continue. Matt Williams is going to have the bite the bullet and pull Zimmerman out of games when the Nats lead late. And even when he makes the move to 1B, he’s not off the hook. He’ll have to make throws to 2B on 3-6-3s, there will be time when he has to be the cutoff and makes throws home. And all this assumes that he’ll be even average defensively with the glove. This is a bad situation, and you think the Nats would have had this sniffed out earlier and made contingency plans. DH is in this guy’s long-term future.

  3. jcmichaels42 - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Whether the MRI was negative or not, at this point he throws the ball like a guy who’s shoulder hurts and he’s trying to find one arm slot where he can throw so that it doesn’t hurt. At that point it becomes both mental and physical because at the same time he’s also worried about whether or not his shoulder is going to fall apart after the next throw. Once LaRoche is gone they shouldn’t hesitate to move him to first.

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