Sep 8, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT
[Updated 5:29 p.m.]
Out of the lineup for the second time in three days, this time for a huge matchup against the New York Mets, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has a new injury he is dealing with. Zimmerman has soreness in his left oblique after hurting the muscle during a swing in Monday’s loss.
Zimmerman missed Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves with a sore left foot. It was related to his plantar fasciitis, an injury that he returned from on July 28 after missing over six weeks.
Manager Matt Williams said the team is not sure yet if the oblique injury is related to his foot, whether he was overcompensating for the pain with his swing.
“It could be. Nobody really knows,” Williams said.
Williams described Zimmerman’s status as day-to-day.
“We’re trying to calm that down as much as we can today. Right now he’s day-to-day. He’s not in there tonight. We’ll see if we can get him available for a pinch-hit opportunity tonight, but it’s pretty sore today,” he explained.
Zimmerman had two singles on Monday and is batting .330 with 10 homers, 38 RBI and 20 runs in his last 33 games. To have him go down for even a game at this point hurts the Nationals lineup considerably.
“It’s a tough one because certainly he’s been as hot as anybody. He’s been playing really well and helping us win games. It’s unfortunate that something like that would happen. We hope that it’s just a tweak and that he’ll be ready to go by tomorrow,” Williams said.
“We haven’t really figured out how serious it is,” GM Mike Rizzo added.
Williams didn’t specify which swing Zimmerman sustained the injury on, but he had five at-bats in all and played at least part of the game after getting hurt.
“He played through. You have those things, you know? The tell is always the next morning,” Williams explained. “When you’ve got adrenaline and you’re hot physically, you’ve got blood pumping. Once you cool down and calm down and it doesn’t feel good the next day, then you know you’ve done more than you thought you had done. We’ll see how he is.”
Zimmerman, 30, is batting .249 with 16 homers, 73 RBI and 25 doubles in 95 games this season.
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