Things are looking grim for Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
He was diagnosed with a strained right oblique muscle earlier this week and has not played in a game since Wednesday. According to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore, Zimmerman has yet to report any kind of improvement as of Sunday afternoon.
“No change,” Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. “As long as there’s no change, he won’t
play. It’s got to get a lot better for him to play. It feels the same.
It might be a little better, but not enough to change his status.”
Riggleman suggested Saturday that Zimmerman could be shut down for the rest of the season for precautionary reasons. Unless something changes within the next day or two, that will almost certainly be the course of action.
Zimmerman, 25, has turned in a stellar 307/.388/.510 batting line, 25 home runs and 85 RBI over 525 at-bats this year while playing excellent defense at the hot corner. He should get a couple of MVP votes and would be near the top of the pack for that award if he were on a better team.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.