WASHINGTON — It’s been a little more than a couple weeks since Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman sustained a Grade Several right hamstring strain from the Rockies.
Although he has made strides in enabling better — he is currently jogging on a water treadmill — they doesn’t know when he’ll almost certainly be back on the field. He is hoping that he can return after the season.
‘I don’t want to say Let me, I don’t want to say I won’t. It’s very hard right now to put a particular date or a time range in anything,’ Zimmerman told Baseball.com. ‘We want [the hamstring] to heal and rest a little bit. We won’t know much until eventually we start doing active items. To be honest, I don’t know when we are supposed to start doing that. It truly is in the near future.
‘It’s tough. It was a pretty significant injury. It’s not something can rush. You dash and come back and the very first time that you try to run hard, you’ll do something again. We obviously don’t want that to happen. I wish to come back as soon as I can, allow us win more games. It is frustrating, but what can you carry out?’
After being relatively healthy the very first six years of his profession, Zimmerman has been placed on the disabled record four consecutive years simply because of shoulder problems. Zimmerman says he is frustrated that he won’t assist the Nationals during the existing pennant race.
‘This time of the year is why you’re employed so hard in the offseason,’ Zimmerman said. ‘It’s why you play the game and also be out there on the field with August and September, while you are competing for a division subject. [You are] doing everything you can to be able to win every night. That’s why many of us play. To not be able to possibly be out there with my teammates, it’s tough.’
To make up for Zimmerman’s absence, general manager Scott Rizzo acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians last week. Zimmerman feels the Nationals made a sound move before the non-waiver Trade Contract. Trading for Cabrera meant that Anthony Rendon has been switched from second platform to third.
‘Being a fan of baseball, I know the way good he is,’ Zimmerman stated of Cabrera. ‘Obviously, defensively, he is unbelievable. I simply always remember him having good at-bats when you needed to have great at-bats. I feel like late with games, he always has top quality at-bats. He does a good job milling it out and coming by means of in those situations.’