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Play of the Day: Ryan Zimmerman avoids bat shard, starts double play

Apr 12, 2014, 12:10 AM EST

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Much was made about Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman‘s inability to make throws recently before it was revealed he has been dealing with an arthritic shoulder. The shoulder didn’t appear to be an impediment at least for one play he made on Friday night against the Braves.

In the bottom of the fifth inning with a runner on first base and no outs, Nationals starter Tanner Roark got B.J. Upton to swing at a fastball high and inside. Upton offered, sending a weak grounder Zimmerman’s way. Upton’s bat broke and a giant shard was flung with a frightening amount of velocity in nearly the same path as the ball. Zimmerman ducked, fielded the ball, and threw to second base from his knee. Anthony Rendon whipped it around to first baseman Adam LaRoche just in time to complete the double play.

You can watch the incredible play here.

Zimmerman also launched a three-run home run in the fifth inning just for good measure. The Nationals, however, couldn’t hang on, losing 7-6 to the Braves in 10 innings.

  1. Gordon - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Pretty friggin’ sweet play.

  2. paperlions - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Wait, the shoulder wasn’t and impediment? Zimmerman made a horrible throw…making it only about 75 or the 80 ft he had to throw the ball. It was the fantastic play by Rendon that resulted in the double play.

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