Ryan Zimmerman out four to six weeks with a fractured thumb

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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.

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.