Washington Nationals News: Ryan Zimmerman out of lineup with soreness

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Jul 5, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) singles against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 5, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) singles against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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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, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes discusses the latest injury concern for the Nationals. As Janes writes, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman was out of today’s game against the Mets with soreness.

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It’s not clear exactly what’s wrong with Zimmerman, but according to Janes, general manager Mike Rizzo had a “minimal level of concern” about his first baseman. The Nationals will see how Zimmerman feels tomorrow before deciding whether or not to make a roster move.

Here’s what manager Dusty Baker had to say about Zimmerman, via Janes’ article:

"“We felt that he was just getting going. But we have to deal. It is what it is,” Baker said. “Hopefully we don’t miss him for too long. We’re trying to prevent him from him being out an extended period of time. Because you just had a feeling his time is coming.”"

Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Scott Allen writes an interesting piece on the possibility of Bryce Harper and his older brother Bryan playing on the same team. As Allen writes in his article, the elder Harper has seen success at Triple-A Syracuse this season, posting a 3.18 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

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.

Ryan Zimmerman out of Thursday’s lineup with ‘sore something’

(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)

NEW YORK — That headline is correct, and it is not a joke. Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman will not play Thursday night against the Mets because he “felt a little sore on a swing yesterday,” according to Manager Dusty Baker. Zimmerman was nowhere to be seen at Citi Field on Thursday, and he did not stretch on the field nor take batting practice with his teammates.

The 31-year-old first baseman homered and singled against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night, and in so doing showed signs of offensive life he has not displayed frequently yet this season. Zimmerman is hitting .221, 60 points below his career average, has been dropped in the order twice since he began the year as the Nationals’ cleanup hitter. Read full article here.

One pitcher who would love to make his MLB debut against Bryce Harper: His brother

(Scott Allen, Washington Post)

Six years into his minor league career, 26-year-old Nationals pitching prospect Bryan Harper has never been closer to joining his brother, the reigning National League MVP, in the major leagues.

Harper has moved steadily through the minor league ranks since Washington selected him out of the University of South Carolina with the 907th pick of the 2011 MLB draft, 906 picks later than the Nationals drafted Bryce Harper one year earlier.

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Harper has a 3.18 ERA with 10 strikeouts and eight walks in 11 1/3 relief innings since being called up to Syracuse, the Nationals’ AAA affiliate, on June 6. Read full article here.

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