District Daily: Ryan Zimmerman rests hammy, Matt Williams named Sporting News’ top NL manager

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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

Good morning DoD readers! start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in our District Daily:

Zimmerman resting hammy; may play first base in 2015

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Two weeks after watching his team get eliminated from the National League Division Series against the Giants, Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman is currently resting his right hamstring. He suffered a Grade 3 strain in the hamstring on July 22 against the Rockies and came back in time to participate in the postseason.

Zimmerman didn’t start any of the four games against San Francisco. He had only four at-bats, all as a pinch-hitter. He said manager Matt Williams had the best players on the field and acknowledged that he wasn’t fully recovered from the hamstring injury. Zimmerman may have come back too quickly. Read full article here.

Williams named Sporting News’ top NL manager

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — A panel of 22 managers voted Matt Williams Sporting News’ National League Manager of the Year.

Even thought he dealt with major injuries to players such as Bryce Harper,Wilson Ramos and Ryan Zimmerman, Williams guided the Nationals to a 96-66 record, which was the best in the NL. Hired to replace Davey Johnson after the 2013 season, Williams guided the Nationals to their second division title in three years.

When reached by phone, Williams felt it was more of an organizational award. Read full article here.

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