Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions 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 Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who has been dealing with a left oblique injury since Saturday. Despite the fact that Zimmerman is still listed as day-to-day, Ladson writes, it looks like there’s a chance the injury could force Zimmerman to miss a significant amount of time.
Zimmerman has been plagued by injuries all season long, but the infielder has been extremely productive at the plate in recent weeks and was on a tear in the days leading up to the injury. Over his last seven games, Zimmerman is hitting .484 with four home runs and 14 RBIs.
If Zimmerman were to be out of the lineup for an extended amount of time, it would be another painful blow for the Nationals.
We don’t know the extent of his injury yet, but a trip to the disabled list in mid-September would probably knock Zimmerman out for the rest of the regular season. The Nationals currently sit seven games out of first place in the NL East with just 23 games to play; the team’s playoff odds barely qualify as ‘slim’ at this point, but they’ll be all but inexistent if Zimmerman’s bat isn’t in the lineup for the rest of the month.
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Of course, Zimmerman missing time would be especially hard for him. Injuries have already limited the first baseman to just 95 games this season, and he was playing his best baseball of the year at the time of the injury. Hopefully for Zimmerman and the Nationals, he’ll be back in the lineup sooner, rather than later.
Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Jacob Emert discusses how Bryce Harper’s incredible 2015 campaign continues despite the fact that his team’s playing poorly.
Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.
Zimmerman could lose time to oblique injury
WASHINGTON — Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman remains out of the lineup because of a left oblique injury. Although he is listed as day to day, two sources expected Zimmerman to miss a significant amount of time because of the injury.
Zimmerman hurt the oblique Saturday against the Braves, according to the sources. The Nationals did not confirm the report. He took the day off Sunday and played with the injury Monday against the Mets and went 2-for-5. Read full article here.
Harper putting forth herculean effort for Nats
WASHINGTON — What more can Bryce Harper do? If the 22-year-old All-Star could carry any more weight as Washington struggles through the last month of the season, he’d squat down into an athletic stance and say, “Hop on.”
Harper hit two solo home runs, doubled and came around to score on Wednesday night, but that wasn’t enough as Washington’s bullpen collapsed again in a 5-3 loss and New York completed its sweep to move to seven games up in the National League East. Read full article here.