Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5
Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post provides an update on Ryan Zimmerman's injury:
Mike Rizzo on Ryan Zimmerman: Grade 3 strain, expected out six weeks.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) August 5, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 31
MLB.com reported early Wednesday morning that Ryan Zimmerman's right hamstring injury is a Grade 3 strain, which likely involves a tear that could leave him on the disabled list for the rest of the regular season.
However, the Nationals did not offer an official diagnosis on the severity of Zimmerman's injury. On Thursday, manager Matt Williams said there was no new information beside the fact that Zimmerman would "do nothing" for two weeks before the team re-evaluates the condition of his hamstring.
If the Nationals see improvement during that reevaluation in two weeks, Zimmerman could begin strengthening exercises, Williams said. But until then, the future of Zimmerman's 2014 season remains in limbo.
"You don't know until he starts strengthening it, until he starts doing stuff with it and [you can see] how it reacts," Williams said. "Guys heal at different speeds, so it depends on what he can do after the two-week process, and then we evaluate again after that. But there's not going to anything new for a couple weeks because he's not doing anything. There's not tests that we can put him through that would say, 'Well, you've progressed X amount,' or anything like that because he's just shut down."
Updates from Wednesday, July 30
MLB.com's William Ladson has an update on Zimmerman's hamstring:
Updates from Wednesday, July 23
Dan Kolko of MASN detailed the severity of Ryan Zimmerman's hamstring injury:
Zimmerman's hamstring strain is "pretty substantial," per Matt Williams. "He pulled it good." #Nats will evaluate him after a couple weeks— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) July 23, 2014
Mark Zuckerman of CSN Mid-Atlantic provided an update on Zimmerman ahead of Wednesday's clash with the Colorado Rockies:
#Nats officially place Ryan Zimmerman on 15-day DL with R hamstring strain, recall Zach Walters from AAA.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) July 23, 2014
Just as Ryan Zimmerman was beginning to rediscover his hitting stroke, he may be headed for some more time on the sideline.
The Washington Nationals third baseman suffered a strained right hamstring during Tuesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies, and according to the team's official Twitter feed, he is headed for an MRI on Wednesday:
Ryan Zimmerman left tonight's game with a right hamstring strain, per #Nats Manager Matt Williams. He will have an MRI tomorrow.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 23, 2014
Zimmerman has already missed 44 games this season with a broken thumb, and he was finally starting to get into a rhythm. In July, he was hitting .382/.438/.600 with two home runs and 15 RBI.
He recently discussed the mindset in returning from an injury, via The Washington Post's James Wagner:
I think when you miss that amount of time it’s tough to come back. You’ll come back and get hits but to really get in that groove and get your timing down to where you can drive the ball takes a little while. I think a couple of us have missed extended periods of time. Willy missed a little bit. Harp obviously missed a bunch. It’s not easy to miss that many games and then come back basically in spring training mode playing against guys that are in midseason form. Just gotta keep working and keep doing what I’ve been doing.
The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore noted his importance on the Nationals' success:
The Nats are 33-19 with Ryan Zimmerman this year, 21-24 without him.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) July 23, 2014
The Nats have learned how to deal with injuries this season, but as they continue to attempt to hold off Atlanta in the NL East, they will be hoping Zimmerman's newest injury isn't a serious one and that he can quickly get back to the middle-of-the-order threat he has been over the past month.
Danny Espinosa took his spot Tuesday, going to second base while Anthony Rendon moved to third.