As expected, the Nationals have activated Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list for tonight’s game after the third baseman missed nearly two months with a abdominal injury that required surgery.
Zimmerman slides back into the lineup as the No. 3 hitter, with Jayson Werth remaining in the leadoff spot and Mike Morse hitting cleanup against the Cardinals.
Zimmerman had an OPS above 1.000 prior to the injury and had an OPS above 1.000 while rehabbing in the minors, whereas fill-ins Alex Cora and Jerry Hairston Jr. couldn’t crack a .650 OPS in his absence.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.