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When will Ryan Zimmerman return to Nationals? “Sometime in September”

Aug 21, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

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Ryan Zimmerman has been on the disabled list for a month with a hamstring injury and when asked yesterday when the third baseman is expected to return Nationals manager Matt Williams replied “sometime in September.”

Williams also told Mark Zuckerman of

When? I don’t know, but sometime in September. I don’t think anything would happen until after [September 1] because he still hasn’t gone the full gamut of tests. And then he would have to have some time to play. The last thing we want is for him to go to early and really do something bad to it. So we have to be sure when he comes back that he’s ready, that there are no limitations, and he can go score from first and play defense and do all the things that he does really well.

There’s only a week or so remaining in the minor-league season, so if Zimmerman wants to go on a rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list he’s running out of time. Williams suggested that simulated games could be an option, so clearly the Nationals aren’t going to rush him back.

Zimmerman has been limited to just 52 games this season due to an assortment of injuries, including his chronic shoulder problems, but when healthy enough to be in the lineup–at third base or in left field–he has hit his usual .282 with an .802 OPS.

  1. karlkolchak - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    No reason to rush him back assuming the Nats maintain their big lead, but boy it would be nice to have his clutch bat in the playoffs. He’s been Mr. Walkoff ever since he hit that two-run, walkoff dinger against Chein Ming Wang and the Yankess back on Father’s Day 2006.

  2. jrocknstuff - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Who sits when he comes back? Not Rendon, Desmond, Cabrera or LaRoche.

    Next year should be easier for Zimmerman as he’ll spend the entire season at first base.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      One of these things is not like the others, though: Asdrubal Cabrera always sits in favor of Ryan Zimmerman. It’s not even a hard decision.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Zimmerman has played exactly ZERO games at 2B in his MLB career, and you’re going to start him doing that in the playoffs? Wrong.

      • NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        No. Cabrera sits, Rendon goes to second base. RZimm plays third. Capische?

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        That I can agree with, Nats Lady. I forgot Rendon can play 2B.

  3. bisonaudit - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Uptown problems.

    I’d say Harper v. LHP and Desmond v. RHP but I’m crazy like that.

    • bisonaudit - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Of course, I’d already be sitting LaRoche, Span and Cabrera against LHP, so you know I’m a little more engaged on the platoon front than the least active manager in all of baseball.

  4. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    @JamesWagnerWP: Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) did some light throwing today to test hamstring. Still a ways off in recovery. Running & hitting bigger steps.”

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