Good afternoon DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Get caught up on all the latest Nats news with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.
In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson gives us an update on Stephen Strasburg, who is currently on the disabled list with a left trapezius strain. As Ladson notes, Strasburg is progressing well and reported no issues after a bullpen session on Saturday.
Strasburg has struggled mightily this year and, as Ladson notes, the Nationals are watching video of his starts to see what is wrong with him. Not only has Strasburg struggled, but he’s also suffered several minor injuries which have slowed him down this season. Hopefully for Strasburg and the Nationals, his stint on the disabled list will finally put an end to the issues he’s had this season.
Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s James Wagner discusses Ryan Zimmerman‘s continued offensive struggles. As Wagner notes, Zimmerman has been in a prolonged slump at the plate and has not looked like himself for the better part of the first two months of the season.
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Manager Matt Williams recently shuffled the lineup in hopes that it would spark the offense in general and Zimmerman in particular. Whether or not Zimmerman can improve at the plate and return to his old ways remains to be seen. One thing’s for certain, the Nationals need Zimmerman to start producing.
Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.
Stras reports no issues after bullpen session
WASHINGTON — Right-hander Stephen Strasburg showed on Saturday that he is getting better. He threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session and didn’t report any problems.
“[Strasburg threw] all of his pitches in the bullpen, [and] came out of it feeling good,” manager Matt Williams said. “He is looking at the video, right now.”
Strasburg is on the disabled list because of a left trapezius strain. The Nationals are trying to figure out why Strasburg is incurring minor injuries. The team is looking at video of Strasburg’s starts to try to figure out the problems. Read full article here.
Nationals hope a lineup change will jump-start Ryan Zimmerman’s offense
Through two months of the season, Ryan Zimmerman has looked little like himself at the plate. He is hitting .217 with five home runs, 34 RBI and a .276 on-base percentage. His .640 on-base-plus-slugging percentage is the worst among qualified first basemen in the majors. As the Nationals offense deals with injuries — Jayson Werth is out until August, Yunel Escobar is day to day with a strained right wrist — and has slowed over the past two weeks, they need Zimmerman’s bat to contribute.
After hitting cleanup or fifth this season, the Nationals shuffled Friday’s lineup around hoping it would help jump-start Zimmerman’s offense. Manager Matt Williams moved Zimmerman to the two hole and slid recently-returned Anthony Rendon down to cleanup behind Bryce Harper, the Nationals’ best hitter this season. Read full article here.