Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman left tonight’s game against the Braves with an injured thumb after jamming it diving back into second base on a pick-off attempt. It was initially believed to be a jammed thumb, but the Nationals just got some bad news. Per James Wagner of the Washington Post, Zimmerman fractured his thumb and will have to miss four to six weeks.
Anthony Rendon moved to third base to replace Zimmerman in the game and Danny Espinosa took over at second base. That will likely be the Nationals’ plan without Zimmerman going forward.
The Nationals are expected to call up infielder Zach Walters on Sunday, MLB.com’s William Ladson reports.
Mariners starter Félix Hernández will come off of the disabled list to make his final start of 2018 on Wednesday against the Athletics, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. Hernández has been on the disabled list since September 8 with a right hamstring strain.
Hernández, 32, has endured the worst season of his 14-year career. He’s 8-13 with a 5.46 ERA and a 121/57 K/BB ratio over 151 2/3 innings. Hernández wants the opportunity to finish 2018 on a good note. He said, “I feel good. No problems. It’s 100 percent. I just want to finish strong and show them I can still pitch. It wasn’t a big injury. They just wanted to give me some rest.”
Hernández is under contract for one more year at $27 million. He has been the face of the franchise for the last decade, but if he doesn’t show he’s capable of beating major league hitters by the end of spring training next year, the Mariners may not be able to afford to give him a spot in the starting rotation. Despite a second-half slide, the Mariners were competitive in the AL West this year, entering the All-Star break 58-39, five games out of first place. With some roster fine-tuning, the Mariners could give the Astros and Athletics a run for their money. Hernández’s involvement with that effort remains to be seen.