Updates from Tuesday, June 3
MLB Roster Moves confirmed Ryan Zimmerman's return to the Nationals:
The @Nationals reinstate 3B Ryan Zimmerman from 15-day DL; option INF/OF Tyler Moore to Triple-A Syracuse.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) June 3, 2014
Dan Kolko of MASN reports Zimmerman will start in left field. According to Amanda Comak of MLB.com, it is the first time he has started in that position in his career.
#Nats lineup: Span CF, Rendon 3B, Werth RF, LaRoche 1B, Zimmerman LF, Ramos C, Desmond SS, Espinosa 2B, Zimmermann P— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) June 3, 2014
Zimmerman talked about the decision to play him in left field, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:
"It's just a baseball game," Ryan Zimmerman said. "I'm just a little further out."— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) June 3, 2014
Updates from Saturday, May 31
The Washington Nationals provide a synopsis of manager Matt Williams discussing Ryan Zimmerman's injury status:
#Nats Manager Matt Williams said Ryan Zimmerman will play 5 innings in left field tonight for Single-A Potomac.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 31, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 30
The Nationals' official Twitter feed had good news regarding Zimmerman's recovery:
Updates from Wednesday, May 28
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provides an update on Ryan Zimmerman's recovery:
The Nationals are working on a plan for Ryan Zimmerman to rotate among third base, first base and left field once he returns from the disabled list, perhaps lining him to be that rare multi-positional star, league sources said.
Nationals manager Matt Williams hinted at a possible plan for more outfield play for Zimmerman recently.
"There may be times where he has to do that," Williams told the Post and other D.C. outlets on Tuesday. Though Williams stopped short of laying out the plan to do just that.
Updates from Monday, May 26
William Ladson of MLB.com provides an observation of Ryan Zimmerman's injury status this morning:
Matt Williams also spoke about Zimmerman's recovery via the Nationals' Twitter account:
#Nats Mgr M. Williams said 3B Ryan Zimmerman was cleared to start swinging & throwing. "All signs are good." Will take it slow w activities.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 26, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, May 20
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post provided an update on Ryan Zimmerman's injured thumb:
Ryan Zimmerman is getting a splint on his right thumb. Not terrible. Not best-case. He can throw, not hit yet. Another x-ray next Monday.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 20, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, May 13
James Wagner of the Washington Post provides an update on Ryan Zimmerman's recovery:
Ryan Zimmerman's x-ray results on thumb were good but still hasn't fully healed, per Williams. Probably about a week from strengthening work— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) May 13, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, May 6
Mark Zuckerman of Comcast SportsNet provides an update on Ryan Zimmerman's recovery:
Latest X-Ray on Ryan Zimmerman's fractures thumb shows bone healing. Williams: "He's on path to begin rehab as soon as possible."— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) May 6, 2014
Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be out four to six weeks after fracturing his right thumb on Saturday night against the Atlanta Braves, per Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com:
Fractured thumb for Zimmerman. Out 4-6 weeks.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) April 13, 2014
James Wagner of The Washington Post reports that Zimmerman jammed the thumb after diving back to second base to avoid getting picked off. Adding insult to injury, he didn't even get back in time:
Ryan Zimmerman gets picked off at second base by Alex Wood. Gets up slowly and looks in pain. Looks like a jammed/bloddied finger.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) April 13, 2014
The Nats haven't had any luck this season in regards to injuries, as Zimmerman is now the fourth player the team has sent to the disabled list, per MLB.com's Andrew Simon:
#Nats say Ryan Zimmerman out 4-6 weeks w/ fractured right thumb. Joins Ramos, Fister, Span on the DL. The hits keep on coming.— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) April 13, 2014
This injury comes on the heels of Zimmerman dealing with a shoulder injury. Nationals manager Matt Williams described that injury to CBS Washington's Chris Lingebach:
Williams said he’d mistakenly said ‘arthritic’ two days earlier, at 106.7 The Fan’s Chalk Talk, when he was asked about Zimmerman’s long-term viability playing third base, with a nagging shoulder injury that flares up at random, thus affecting his ability to throw the ball across the diamond.
“Well, I think some clarification probably is in order first,” Williams said Wednesday. “The word ‘arthritis’ kind of gets everybody, and everybody starts to talk about it. It’s more of a ‘degenerative’ issue in his shoulder. He had surgery, they took a piece of bone out some time ago, and it’s more ‘degenerative’ than ‘arthritic.’ As soon as you say ‘arthritic,’ people think that he’s got to get on medication and it’s gonna be a lifelong thing.”
The one positive about Zimmerman's injury is that it is still very early in the season. Teams never want to lose a player of his caliber at any point, but better now than during the thick of the pennant race in August or September.
With Zimmerman out, more pressure will be heaped upon Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond to deliver offensively. Anthony Rendon will likely get a majority of the playing time at third base, opening up second base for Danny Espinosa. The Nationals have enough talent in the lineup to remain in the thick of the NL East race until their Zimmerman returns.