Ryan Zimmerman left Saturday’s game against the Mets with a tight left hamstring and, according to MASN’s Ben Goessling, is expected to miss the next few games on the Nationals’ schedule.
“It’s nothing major,” Zimmerman said. “It tightened up a little bit
today. Riggs (manager Jim Riggleman) thought it’d be a better idea to
make sure we got it right earlier in the season instead of trying to
battle through it for an extended period of time. We’ll see what it
feels like tomorrow, and I’ll have a better idea then.”
Zimmerman, 25, is off to a 4-for-19 start this season with three doubles and two RBI. Willie Harris filled in at third base and could be asked to do the same on Sunday and Monday.
The Mets signed catcher Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract, the team announced Friday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where it’s assumed Lobaton will be in the mix for a backup role behind Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.
Lobaton, 33, is coming off of a four-year stint with the Nationals. He put up his worst career numbers in 2017, producing -0.6 fWAR after slashing just .170/.248/.277 with four home runs in 158 plate appearances. While he’ll give the Mets little to work with at the plate, his near-decade of experience behind the dish should make him a decent emergency option, if nothing else.
In the meantime, the Mets are expected to roll with a d’Arnaud/Plawecki platoon to start the season. Both catchers saw slight upticks in value over the 2017 season: d’Arnaud turned in 0.8 fWAR after hitting a career-high 16 home runs, while Plawecki collected 0.6 fWAR and three homers after raising his batting line over the Mendoza Line for the first time since 2015.