Nationals place Ryan Zimmerman on DL, promote Anthony Rendon

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The Nationals placed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled list with a sore left hamstring. In response, they have recalled prospect Anthony Rendon from Double-A Harrisburg, reports Adam Kilgore.

Zimmerman had been struggling at the plate, managing a paltry .670 OPS with just one home run. He also appeared to have issues throwing, perhaps related to the shoulder problems that bothered him last year and during spring training prior to the 2013 regular season getting under way.

In 65 plate appearances over 14 games in Double-A, Rendon posted a .962 OPS with two homers and an impressive 14-to-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The 22-year-old, who will start according to manager Davey Johnson, was ranked as the 19th-best prospect going into 2012 and the 30th-best heading into this season, according to Baseball America.

Steven Souza Jr. injured his left knee

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Almost exactly a year ago, Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. tore a bicep while diving for a ball in a spring training game. He’d play in only 72 games last year but he really wasn’t healthy for any of them, with the injury and aggravations to it costing him production and causing him pain.

When he started spring training this year he said he’d take it easier in games that didn’t count so he could be ready for the regular season. Sadly, he was once again injured on the eve of Opening Day, crumbling to the ground after injuring his knee while scoring on a double in an exhibition game against the White Sox (video here if you want to see it).

The injury looked bad — he was in obvious pain and could not put any weight on the leg while being helped off the field. He’s undergoing an MRI today and we’ll hear more soon, but it does not look good.

Assuming Souza is out for an extended period, Adam Jones will likely be the Dbacks’ everyday right fielder.