First baseman Ryan Zimmerman has played through plantar fasciitis in his foot all season, but with his performance being terrible and the injury not getting any better the Nationals have decided to place him on the disabled list.
Zimmerman, who missed two-thirds of last season with injuries, hit just .209 with five homers and a .611 OPS in 56 games this year while transitioning from third base to first base due to shoulder problems.
Washington is also without left fielder Jayson Werth and Clint Robinson has been seeing regular playing time as one of his replacements, but manager Matt Williams could use Robinson at first base if he’s willing to turn left field over to rookie Michael Taylor and/or career-long infielder Danny Espinosa.
Robinson is a 30-year-old who hasn’t hit much in limited action yet, but he spent eight seasons in the minors hitting .302 with an .891 OPS.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals have contacted the Athletics in regards to Ben Zobrist. If the Nats were to land Zobrist, Rosenthal writes, he could play left field until Jayson Werth returns, then serve as utilityman, playing in the infield or the outfield as needed.
The Yankees are also interested in Zobrist, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Cubs are reportedly interested as well as the Mets.
Zobrist spent just over a month on the disabled list between late April and late May due to arthroscopic knee surgery. The versatile 34-year-old is batting .222/.304/.383 with two home runs, 14 RBI, and one stolen base in 92 plate appearances this season. He is earning $7.5 million for the 2015 campaign and can become a free agent at season’s end.
Nationals center fielder Denard Span exited Sunday’s game with right knee soreness and he’s out of the lineup for tonight’s game against the Blue Jays.
Washington is also without left fielder Jayson Werth, who’s on the disabled list with a fractured wrist, so the Nationals are using Michael Taylor in center field and Tyler Moore in left field.
Span missed the first three weeks of the season recovering from core muscle surgery, but he’s played very well by hitting .314 with five homers and a career-high .859 OPS in 33 games.