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.