In the game of baseball, injuries happen. A sprained ankle here, pulled groin there, and in The Washington Nationals case, an injured finger everywhere. Both outfielder Bryce Harper and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman have endured thumb problems that have caused the duo to miss significant time. The injuries occurred while sliding into bases and manager Matt Williams has called them “freak things.”
Zimmerman, however, is much closer to a return and has set his sights on tomorrow’s match up with the Philadelphia Phillies. The debate about where Zimmerman will play remains in the air. In Zimmerman’s most recent rehab assignment, he was seen roaming left field while going 2 for 4 and 2 RBI’s from the plate. The plan appears to have Zimmerman cover left field until Harper returns from his own thumb injury. Then, only Williams knows where he’ll hope to have Zimmerman in the field, but one thing is for sure that they need his bat in the lineup.
Prior to being placed on the disabled list, Zimmerman was batting .364 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI’s. The team will welcome him back with open arms and hopefully close the 3 and a half game lead held by the Atlanta Braves.