Washington Nationals News: Reed Johnson rejoins Nats from 60-day DL

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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 Jacob Emert writes about Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson rejoining the big league club after spending most of the season on the 60-day disabled list. As Emert notes, the outfielder was recovering from various injuries—€”first a damaged tendon in his left foot, and then a broken rib.

It was a rough season for Johnson, who was supposed to be a key part of the Nationals’ bench this  year but instead was limited to just 12 games. Fortunately for the veteran outfielder, he has a chance to play in a few games before the regular season ends. He’s a free agent after this season, so it’s important for him to show that he’s healthy and capable of producing at a high level.

Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes discusses whether manager Matt Williams should’ve let Jordan Zimmermann get a standing ovation in yesterday’s game, which was likely his last as a National. Zimmermann struggled in last night’s game and was taken out for a pinch hitter after just five innings.

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As Janes writes in her article, many Nationals fans were upset that Zimmermann wasn’t allowed to go back out and receive a standing ovation as he left the field. Williams, however, was focused on the game and says he made the decision to give the Nationals a better chance of winning. Not surprisingly, Zimmermann agrees.

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.

Reed Johnson rejoins Nats from 60-day DL

(Jacob Emert, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — After four months on the disabled list rehabbing from various injuries, veteran outfielder Reed Johnson is ready to return to action for the Nationals. Johnson was activated off the 60-day disabled list on Saturday before Washington’s game against Philadelphia.

“It gives you an appreciation of health,” Johnson said. “When everything seems to go wrong for you in a year but you’re still able to get that good taste in your mouth at the end of the year, that’s kind of what I’m after.” Read full article here.

Should Jordan Zimmermann’s likely final home start have ended more ceremoniously? Perhaps.

(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)

Suddenly, Jordan Zimmermann was gone, pulled for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth. Friday night against the Phillies was probably his last home start for the team that drafted him, and it ended with no ceremony, no chance for an ovation, no nothing.

The game began with plenty of Zimmermann-centric fanfare. The Nationals gave away bobblehead dolls commemorating his no-hitter on the last day of the 2014 regular season. A video tribute of his first career win and other highlights played on the Jumbotron before the game. But from there, sentimentality was consumed by unkind baseball reality. Read full article here.

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