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Shoulder problems force Ryan Zimmerman to change throwing style

Apr 10, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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In an attempt to lessen his chronic shoulder problems Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is altering his throwing motion to avoid over-the-top throws. Zimmerman has done this occasionally in the past, on certain plays, but now he’s giving the three-quarters arm slot a full-time try.

Here’s what he told James Wagner of the Washington Post:

I’ve gone through this for awhile now, so you can’t get too relieved. It’s a constant work in progress. It’s tough. But for now, we found something that I think has a chance to work without hurting. So that’s a relief. Because I want to be out there and I want to help the team win. When I can’t do that, it’s frustrating.

Nationals manager Matt Williams, himself a third baseman, thinks it could work because Zimmerman’s new arm slot isn’t far off from Williams’ arm slot as a player.

Still, if Zimmerman is at the point where he’s having to manage pain on a daily basis, local media is reporting on how many pain-free throws he was able to make in pregame warmups, and literally every throw with his normal arm slot has a chance to turn into a major setback … well, it’s not a good situation. And, seemingly, not a long-term solution.

  1. Jeremy T - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    What’s the over/under on Zimmerman staying at 3B? This can’t go on for too much longer, can it?

  2. chiadam - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Good idea. And when his elbow becomes the issue, he can just kick the ball over to first.

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