District Daily: Ryan Zimmerman’s Hamstring, Jayson Werth’s Ankle


Jul 22, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Ryan Zimmerman (11) reacts after getting injured running out a single in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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Zimmerman has Grade 3 hamstring strain

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

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MIAMI — The Nationals continue to say that they don’t know the seriousness of Ryan Zimmerman‘s right hamstring injury, other than to say the third baseman is not doing any activities to strengthen the hamstring. However, according to two baseball sources, Zimmerman has a Grade 3 hamstring strain, which means he could be out a while.

The Nationals did not confirm the diagnosis. A Grade 3 hamstring strain is considered the most severe, involving a tear. Zimmerman, general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Matt Williams were unavailable for comment.

Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list last Wednesday after straining his hamstring while running to first base against the Rockies the previous day. Zimmerman was scheduled to see the doctor on Monday, but the Nationals have been mum on how he is doing. Read full article here.

Out of lineup, Werth says ankle injury not serious

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MIAMI — Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was not in Tuesday night’s starting lineup against the Marlins because of a sprained right ankle that he injured the previous night.

Although he is listed as day to day, Werth is hoping that he can be a fill-in late in Tuesday’s game and be back in the lineup by Wednesday. He spent most of pregame getting treatment to get the swelling down in the ankle. Werth believes he needs a day or so to fully recover. He did not have an MRI exam.

“If he [manager Matt Williams] needs me, I’ll be available,” Werth said. “If it wasn’t as bad, I would probably be playing.” Read full article here.

Detwiler earns bigger role; Blevins a lefty specialist

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MIAMI — Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Tuesday that Ross Detwiler will have a bigger role out of the bullpen, while fellow left-hander Jerry Blevins will be more of a specialist.

Detwiler started the season as just a long reliever, but he has pitched well enough to throw in the late innings. In his last 10 games, the southpaw has a 1.23 ERA, while opponents are hitting .146 against him.

“Det has really come on and pitched well — right or lefty — with the exception of last night, when he gave up a couple of hits,” Williams said. “You never know what might present itself. It depends on that day and who’s available and who’s not potentially.” Read full article here.