Ryan Zimmerman: Latest Updates on Shoulder Injury of Washington Nationals Star

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Ryan Zimmerman: Latest Updates on Shoulder Injury of Washington Nationals Star
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A right shoulder injury to star third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has Nationals fans holding their collective breath.


Update: Thursday, April 26 at 8:30 a.m. ET

Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post wrote last night about Zimmerman's injury, indicating that although the Nat's third baseman may still go to the DL, he has avoided any major injury. From Zimmerman:

I think the important thing is there’s nothing wrong with my shoulder. That was good news. I don’t think anyone really thought there was going to be anything wrong, but just to get it done and have proof that there is nothing wrong is peace of mind. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out the combination to get it to relax and once that’s fine then I’ll be able to play.

Update: Wednesday, April 25 at 4:00 p.m. ET

This tweet from Adam Kilgore puts a definitive word on the Zimmerman shoulder drama:

"Bottom line on Zim, from his telling: No extensive time off. May need DL, but it'll be a short stay if so. "Peace of mind," he said."

— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) April 25, 2012

Whether the star third baseman needs a stint on the DL will hinge on how he feels when he hits tomorrow, so stay tuned.

Update: Wednesday, April 25 at 3:45 p.m. ET

Amanda Comak just tweeted the following about Zimmerman:

No decision on possible DL until after Zimmerman tries to hit tomorrow but MRI gave him peace of mind &he knows he can't hurt it more. #nats

— Amanda Comak (@acomak) April 25, 2012

Ryan Zimmerman said MRI went well&"everything was fine." Confirmed diagnosis of AC joint issue/soreness. Try to hit tom., decide from there.

For now, it looks like Nationals fans can breathe a sign of relief here. Though his constant little injuries are a concern, there is no major structural damage in Zimmerman's shoulder.

Update: Wednesday, April 25 at 3:15 p.m. ET

In an interesting twist, Zimmerman may actually play in tonight's game against the San Diego Padres. According to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore:

 

This is a radical shift from the earlier projections that Zimmerman could be headed for the DL, but could also just mean they aren't ready to make a decision yet. We'll have more on this as it develops.

In the interim, according to The Washington Times' Amanda Comak, Chad Tracy will see action at third base:

Whether this is a long-term solution or whether Tracy will platoon with Mark DeRosa (among others) will likely hinge on the length of Zimmerman's absence.

Update: Wednesday, April 25 at 12:55 p.m. ET

CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman just appeared on ESPN 980's The Sports Fix, and made the following observation about Zimmerman's injury:

It looks like he may be out a little while longer...let's wait and see how long he's going to be out before we start questioning [his contract extension].

While we will need to see what the MRI says before totally skewering the six-year, $100 million contact extension Zimmerman was handed this past offseason, the early returns have clearly not been good.

Update: Wednesday, April 25 at 12:45 p.m. ET

It looks like we'll have to wait a little bit for the Zimmerman MRI results. The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore just tweeted:

 

Update: Wednesday, April 25 at 12:15 p.m. ET

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo just appeared on Washington, DC radio station106.7 The Fan and had this to say about Zimmerman's injury:

We're still not sure...It could be a day, it could be a couple of days...If it's a couple of weeks we'll obviously have to make a roster move, but I'm not going to get into any ifs or buts or anything...We have plans in place for a lot of different scenarios.

At a minimum, this means that Zimmerman will be out for the rest of the series against the Padres and possibly beyond.

Manager Davey Johnson may have more to say before the Nationals' game at 6:35 p.m. ET tonight, so check back for any updates.

Update: Wednesday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. ET

Although the extent of the damage is not yet known, Ryan Zimmerman's right shoulder injury may be worse than initially feared.

Adam Kilgore of The Washington Postreported last night that Zimmerman's MRI results indicated he would, at a minimum, need more rest.

Manager Davey Johnson told The Post after the Nats' game against the Padres that the results were "not real favorable," and that he "[doesn't] have a good feeling."

For his part, the Nationals' third baseman doesn't seem too concerned,telling Kilgore:

 

— ESPN(@MLBRumorCentral) April 25, 2012

With Michael Morse and Drew Storen already on the DL, the Nationals can ill afford to lose another key contributor as they look to hold on to their early NL East lead.

Stay tuned for further updates as they become available.

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