Ryan Zimmerman‘s sore right shoulder still isn’t showing any improvement, and he will see a specialist Friday in Los Angeles.
The Nationals’ third baseman tells the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore and other reporters that he still felt uncomfortable taking batting practice on Thursday evening before resting for a fourth consecutive game. Chad Tracy started in his place, hitting third in the order, and went 0-for-4.
Zimmerman says he felt soreness in the shoulder after making several diving plays last week. Initial exams revealed a sprained AC joint, although there was no structural damage. In Los Angeles, Kilgore reports Zimmerman will see Dr. Neal ElAttrache for further examination and treatment, which will likely include a cortisone shot, or similar treatment. The team will decide whether to place him on the disabled list following the exam.
Zimmerman says the pain is not intense, and affects him only when he swings the bat. If the team was in a more critical situation, he says , he’s be able to play through the pain. But with the Nats in first place and well over .500 early in the season, the team is playing it safe and hoping a few more days of rest will help.