Washington Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman Undergoes Surgery on Right Shoulder

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIOctober 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 12:  Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 12, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Third baseman Ryan Zimmermanunderwent arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder on Thursday after having a few small issues with his right arm through parts of the 2012 season.

The Washington Nationals expect his recovery time to be about six weeks.

Zimmerman found himself on the 15-day disabled list in April with right shoulder inflammation. Over the course of the season, Zimmerman received four cortisone shots in the same shoulder.

Despite all the issues with his right shoulder, Zimmerman compiled a very productive season.  He produced a triple-slash line of .282/.346/.478, with 25 home runs, 95 RBI, 36 doubles and 93 runs scored.

He made 19 errors in the field, though. His fielding percentage of .950 was the worst he's ever posted in his career.

The Nationals should have no worries regarding Zimmerman's shoulder moving forward. The surgery he received on Thursday will help to fix any lingering issues that he had over the grind of the season.

Also, his six-week recovery time put him in absolutely no danger of missing time in spring training. He'll be back to working out fully by Christmas.

Zimmerman performed admirably in his first season of the huge $100 million extension he signed prior to last season, and he hopes to bring the Nationals back to the postseason again in 2013.

With a healthy shoulder, it's scary to think of the numbers he can put up. Just look at what he did with a banged-up shoulder for a majority of the season.