Nationals place Ryan Zimmerman on 10-day disabled list

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Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is going on the 10-day disabled list with a back injury. Zimmerman sustained the injury on a slide into home plate on Wednesday and has been out of commission ever since, though he isn’t expected to miss significant time recovering. On Saturday, the club selected the contract of Mark Reynolds and will presumably utilize him as a backup option at first base.

It’s been a tough month for Zimmerman, who was also laid up after battling soreness in his side over the last week. The 33-year-old infielder is coming off of a strong .303 average and 3.3 fWAR in 2017, but thanks to various health issues, hasn’t been able to produce much more than a .217/.280/.409 batting line, five home runs and a .689 OPS over his first 125 plate appearances of 2018.

Reynolds, 34, was inked to a minor league deal with the club in April. He posted underwhelming numbers during his first few games in Triple-A Syracuse, slashing .231/.286/.333 with two extra-base hits and a .619 OPS in 42 PA, but will likely play second fiddle to the hot-hitting Matt Adams for the time being.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.