Washington Nationals News: Ryan Zimmerman’s rib cage ‘feels good’

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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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Today’s District Daily features stories on injured Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and where Trea Turner fits with the big league club.

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 has an update on injured Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who has been on the disabled list with a rib cage injury since before the All-Star break. As Ladson notes, Zimmerman is recovering well from the injury.

The first baseman has been doing running drills, and his next big test will be swinging a bat. Here’s what Zimmerman had to say about his progress, via Ladson’s article:

"“Things are coming along. I’m going day by day,” Zimmerman said. “I have six or seven days before I’m allowed to come off [the disabled list]. I haven’t done anything to talk about. But [the rib cage] feels good.”"

Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Jorge Castillo discusses where Trea Turner might fit on the big league club right now. As Castillo writes, Turner is the Nationals’ shortstop of the future. But with Danny Espinosa tearing it up at the plate, he’ll have to find somewhere else to play if he wants regular playing time this season.

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’s rib cage ‘feels good’

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is recovering nicely from a rib cage injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list before the All-Star break.

Zimmerman was seen doing running drills with Daniel Murphy before Sunday’s game against the Pirates. After that, Zimmerman ran the bases without any apparent problems. The next big test will be swinging a bat. Read full article here.

Trea Turner: Nats’ shortstop of the future, second baseman/outfielder of the now

(Jorge Castillo, Washington Post)

When the Washington Nationals officially acquired Trea Turner — and could finally acknowledge it publicly — last June, they billed him as a potential long-term solution at shortstop in the future. That future appeared on the verge once the Nationals failed to come to terms with Ian Desmond, their shortstop for the previous six seasons, during the winter.

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The future, however, is on hold. While Turner, the organization’s top position-player prospect, has played most of his innings with Class AAA Syracuse this season at shortstop, all but two of his 44 innings in two stints in the major leagues have been at second base because Danny Espinosa has capitalized on his first stint as an everyday shortstop with 18 home runs and dazzling defense. Read full article here.

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