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Ryan Zimmerman to be activated today

Jun 3, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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Ryan Zimmerman is expected to be activated from the disabled list today. This after he had a pair of hits in his final rehab game at High-A Potomac last night.

Where he plays in Washington will be fun to see. He played left field in two of his four rehab games, and as we’ve noted over the past couple of weeks, he’ll likely see action there for the Nats in addition to his usual third base and maybe even some first base. Once Bryce Harper comes back it’ll be interesting to see if the Nats put him in center instead of Denard Span and go with Zimmerman in right.

  1. daveeproc - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Don’t you mean Zimmerman in left? Werth will still be playing RF.

  2. tbird05 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    After Adam’s contract is up, they need to stick Zimmerman at first base and be done with it. Dude can mash, but his right arm is either severely damaged or he has a seriously case of the yips.

    • someguyinva - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Nats have a $15 million mutual option on LaRoche next year, with a $2 million buyout. They also have a $9 million team option on Span next year, with a $500K buyout.

      The accuracy required on throws from the outfield to the cut off man is not nearly as great as it is from third to first; cut off man can move a couple of steps laterally and still have it be a good throw, while a first baseman would be off the bag.

      If Zimmerman demonstrates competency in LF, and if LaRoche keeps hitting like he does this year, and the Nats don’t think any of their farmhands are ready to play CF full-time next year, it wouldn’t be inconceivable to see LaRoche brought back, Span cut loose, and Harper in CF.

      • tbird05 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        It does, however, require some accuracy to try and gun a guy down tagging from third on a fly ball or runner trying to score from second. I promise you that every team they play will be testing that arm…and likely succeeding. My thought was to put him at first…not keep him at third. He will need to be able to make accurate throws to second to start double plays, but you could limit his relay’s by making second cover more ground.

        I will give you this though…it will make the pitcher very frustrated when he has to receive a throw from Zimmerman after a throw over. Actually, come to think of it…that might be comical.

      • someguyinva - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        Yeah, I took your point about RZ not playing third anymore. I honestly think we’ve seen the last of him there, unless Espinosa and Frandsen both get hurt.

        He may ultimately end up at 1B for the Nats, but I don’t think it’ll be this year. It might be next year, depending on what they do about LaRoche, but it could also be as late as 2016 in the scenario I laid out above.

        I looked it up, and I was surprised to find out that 1B is to the left of LF on the defensive spectrum; I’d always thought LF was the easiest position to play, other than DH.

      • jeffbbf - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Fun trade talk: If Zimmerman is playing 1B, why not trade LaRoche to Milwaukee for Weeks? Milwaukee could use a decent 1bman, Nats need a 2bman. Both LaRoche and Weeks are doing well in limited at bats this year.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Can he play Rover?

    • tbird05 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      If he doesn’t prove at least serviceable somewhere, he will be playing DH eventually…

  4. Marty McKee - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I went to the Potomac game on Sunday, and he looked good. He didn’t get any important chances in LF that I saw, but he had two hits, one a double down the line. I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be successful in LF, unless his arm is Garveyesque. Next to 1B, LF is the easiest position to play, and as a decent 3B, he probably has enough range to cover left.

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