From beat writer Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com’s Nats Insider …
Ryan Zimmerman’s attempt to return before season’s end continues, but the Nationals first baseman continues to feel a pull in his strained left oblique muscle when he tries to swing, reducing his chances of making that return.
Zimmerman has been taking swings in an indoor cage at Nationals Park over the last few days, but they have not been pain-free workouts.
“Still feels it, unfortunately,” manager Matt Williams said Wednesday. “So, it’s light in the cage. It’s fungo and tee work, a little bit of soft-toss. He’s trying to work through that part of it and get ready to go. But he’s day-to-day still. That’s the best way we can put it.”
Zimmerman has appeared in only 156 games over the last two seasons.
The soon-to-be 31-year-old is still owed $60 million.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss announced Wednesday at Coors Field that 23-year-old right-hander Jon Gray has been shut down for the remainder of the 2015 season after hitting his designated innings limit in his last start Monday against the Pirates.
The news comes from beat writer Nick Groke at the Denver Post.
Gray struggled in that outing versus Pittsburgh, yielding nine hits and five earned runs in just 4 2/3 innings as the Rockies fell 9-3. He’ll finish up with a 5.53 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and 40/14 K/BB ratio over his first 40 2/3 major league frames.
Gray, the third overall pick in 2013 out of the University of Oklahoma, entered the 2015 season as a consensus top-25 prospect. Baseball Prospectus had him 13th overall in their preseason rankings.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was lifted from his last start Sunday against the Rangers with stiffness in his throwing elbow, but there will be no early shutdown.
Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com’s Greg Johns on Wednesday that Hernandez has been cleared to start this Saturday in Anaheim after making it through a side session Tuesday without issue. He’ll try to play spoiler against the Halos, who are still clinging to some hope of a postseason berth after a big 6-5 victory Wednesday afternoon in Houston.
It’s been a relatively disappointing 2015 season for King Felix, who is sitting on a 3.54 ERA, 1.165 WHIP, and 185/56 K/BB ratio through 195 2/3 innings.
The 29-year-old is still owed $107.4 million.
Yogi Berra died late Tuesday at age 90.
He was a World War II veteran, an All-Star in 15 consecutive seasons, and a 10-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees. Yogi was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
What a life he lived.