The Ryan Zimmerman outfield experiment is about to get underway.
According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Nationals manager Matt Williams announced this morning that Zimmerman will play five innings in left field today in his latest minor league rehab game with High-A Potomac. It will be his first professional game in the outfield.
Zimmerman, who broke his right thumb diving into second base on April 12, went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly as the designated hitter in his first rehab game last night. The Nationals are mulling a position switch in hopes to take some stress off his right shoulder. He could be activated as soon as Tuesday.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.