Ryan Zimmerman’s MRI comes up negative

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Ryan Zimmerman left Saturday night’s game against the Braves with shoulder soreness. His MRI turned up negative, Chase Hughes of CSN Washington reports.

Zimmerman sat out Sunday’s game against the Braves, but pinch-hit in the eighth inning. Manager Matt Williams explained why:

“Swinging is fine. The issue he’s got is probably throwing overload. He throws a lot and he works at it really hard so it may be a little overload at this point,” Williams said.

Williams also talked about potentially lowering Zimmerman’s workload in fielding drills.

On Saturday night, Zimmerman fielded an Andrelton Simmons ground ball, but made a very awkward-looking throw to first base, exemplifying the third baseman’s shoulder discomfort. He had off-season shoulder surgery in 2012, but he has yet to rediscover his throwing mechanics. Zimmerman may eventually require a move to first base, but Williams said, “I envision him playing third base.”

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.