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11 Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Height/Weight: 6-3/220 | Birthdate: 9/28/1984 | Birthplace: Washington, NC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: Virginia | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $14,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/88 | Average Draft Position: 101.14
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Ryan Zimmerman cranks out walk-off homer for Nationals Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman came through with a two-out, 10th-inning home run Tuesday to hand the Nationals a walk-off victory over the Yankees.

It was Zimmerman’s 10th walk-off homer of his career.

"He's not a real emotional guy. He just doesn't get caught up in the moment and try to do too much," Nationals reliever Drew Storen said about Zimmerman. "Obviously, more times than not, it works out pretty well for him."

The long ball came off of Yankees closer Andrew Miller, becoming the first runs the left hander has allowed all season.


Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman hits second HR in past 3 games


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman hit his fourth home run of the season during Monday night's 11-1 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Zimmerman hit a three-run homer in the first inning, which drove in Yunel Escobar and Jayson Werth. This is Zimmerman's second home run in his past three games. It's also the fifth game in a row he's recorded at least one hit. 

Zimmerman finished Monday's game 1 for 2 and also drew a walk. He now holds a slash line of .236/.293/.417. 


Nationals' Williams on Zimmerman: 'The timing's starting to come'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 5 for 12 with a double, a home run and five RBI in his team's three-game sweep of the Braves last weekend, and though he's seemingly emerging from a slump in which he hit .217/.277/.380 in April, he said he's remained consistent in his approach, the Washington Post reports.

"You know it’s kind of funny because my average obviously isn’t what I want it to be, but I feel good at the plate," Zimmerman said. "Usually when you’re having success and the numbers look like what they look like, you’re struggling, you feel lost. But honestly all season I felt great. Anyone hitting two-something always says they line out and make excuses, but I’ve just got to keep doing what I’ve been doing. Keep with my routine that I’ve done for my whole career and trust that, like it has in the past, it’ll get back to where it’s supposed to be."

Zimmerman opened May with a hit in three straight games and has posted a .273/.306/.424 line in 33 at-bats this month.

"He’s using the whole field," manager Matt Williams said. "He’s catching breaking balls out front like he did [Saturday] and hit a homer and staying through the ball and driving runs for us. He’s gonna get opportunities. There’s lots of opportunity for him to do that, and he’s a proven guy in that regard. I’m glad for him that it’s starting to come for him."

Zimmerman missed much of last season while recovering from an injury, something that Williams believes contributed to his slow start.

"You miss most of last year and it’s not like it’s riding a bike," Williams said. "You just don’t pick it up again. So the timing’s starting to come."


Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman hits first homer in almost a month


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman smashed a three-run homer Saturday during the fifth inning of the Nationals' win over the Braves.

The home run was Zimmerman's first since April 13.

Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar hits third on Wednesday vs. Marlins


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar hit from the No. 3 position in manager Matt Williams' lineup on Wednesday. It was the first time this season that Escobar hit third in the batting order, as Williams shuffled the order a bit for the matinee matchup against the Marlins.

Escobar continues to hit well in 2015, though he did go hitless in three at-bats on Tuesday.

Shortstop Ian Desmond was moved up to the second spot in the lineup, while Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman returned to their normal spots, batting fourth and fifth respectively on Wednesday. 


Nationals 1B Zimmerman extends hit streak to seven on Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Ryan Zimmerman's hit streak now sits at seven games, after he went 1 for 4 in the Nationals' 1-0 victory over the Mets on Sunday. He also hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, with seven RBI over that stretch.

Overall on the season, however, Zimmerman has had some struggles at the plate. He's batting just .222 with two home runs and a 19:6 K:BB ratio. He has adjusted nicely to first base, commiting just one error in 231 chances. 

There were some concerns over Zimmerman's health, as he has been dealing with a bout of plantar fascia in his foot that has been causing some significant pain. But the 30-year-old has been playing through it, as he has played in every inning of every game for the Nationals in 2015. 


Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman bumped to second in lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been moved up to second in the batting order for Monday's game against the Braves, the team announced. It's the first time this season Zimmerman will bat second in the lineup for the first time in this season. He's batted second in 45 games in his career, posting a .254 average with 11 home runs and 20 RBI.

The Nationals are currently the favorites (-125) against Atlanta.


Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman (foot) remains in starting lineup Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who is battling plantar fascia ailment, is feeling better than he did on Thursday, manager Matt Williams told reporters, per the team's official website. Zimmerman remained in the starting lineup, batting fifth against Miami on Friday. 

Zimmerman is batting .226 (14 for 62) with four doubles, a triple, two homers, 12 RBI and a .304 on-base percentage.


Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman dealing with plantar fascia


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is battling a plantar fascia ailment that is causing some pain, according to MASN Sports' Dan Kolko

Zimmerman is batting .224 but has made quite a few plays on the defensive side. However, the injury could lead to Zimmerman getting a day off in the near future. 


Nationals' Tyler Moore working at 3B, Ryan Zimmerman staying at 1B


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Nationals outfielder Tyler Moore took ground balls at third base on Saturday morning and will be an emergency option at that position, in case of injury, the Washington Times reported.

Ryan Zimmerman, who has played third base in the past, will remain at first base. 


Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman hits homer in loss to Red Sox


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo home run during Monday afternoon's 9-4 loss to the Red Sox. 

Zimmerman hit the home run in the fifth inning on a 2-1 pitch off of Rick Porcello. It's Zimmerman's second home run of the young season. Zimmerman finished the game 1 for 3 and also drew a walk. His batting average is .154. 


Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman saves game with glove Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is playing a new position this season, and the former third baseman made a game-saving diving play Sunday and flipped the ball to closer Drew Storen to record the final out in his team's win over the Phillies, masnsports.com reports.

"I'm getting a better feel and sense about where I am on the field," Zimmerman said. "Just as good a play by Drew to make sure he gets over there. It's a lot easier when the pitcher is where he's supposed to be. And ready to catch the ball, it's easier to make that throw. A good play by him."

The play came with men on first and second and two outs, with one run having already crossed the plate in the inning.

"I can tell you the message was, 'Nice play,' " said Storen. "There were some adjectives in there probably. But, yeah, that was unbelievable. I got to see it on video - that's when I get to enjoy it because I'm just worried about getting over there at that point. But that's a really incredible play. This early in the season, for him to be making the adjustment that he has, it's pretty incredible and it's fun to watch."

Zimmerman is just 3 for 23 at the plate with three walks and one home run in his first six games.


Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman rips first home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 1 for 4 Wednesday with a two-run home run in Washington's 2-1 win over the Mets.

Zimmerman did his damage in the first inning, taking a 1-1 pitch from Jacob deGrom to deep left field, driving home Yunel Escobar. He also had two strikeouts and left five runners on base in the game. He's hitting .143 to start the year.


Nats' Rendon to open on DL after third opinion confirms MCL sprain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday the third opinion on third baseman Anthony Rendon's injured left knee confirmed the first two opinions -- a sprained MCL.

Williams said Rendon will continue to rehab the injury, but delivered the bad news that Rendon will begin the season on the disabled list. Williams said Rendon has a week-to-week type of injury, and sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman that Rendon could be back in three weeks.

General manager Mike Rizzo did not put a timetable on Rendon's return.

“It's positive news,” Rizzo told Heyman. “All three (doctors) agreed. There's nothing seriously wrong, and it should remedy itself. Some turn the corner quickly and with other guys it takes a few weeks. But he will be fine.”

Yunel Escobar is expected to fill in at third base during Rendon's absence, which means Danny Espinosa will likely replace Escobar at second base. Dan Uggla could also be an option, if he makes the Opening Day roster. Ryan Zimmerman is not expected to move back to third base with Rendon sidelined.


Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman returns to spring lineup Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) As expected, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman returned to the spring lineup Monday against the Cardinals after sitting out a few days due to back and shoulder injuries. Zimmerman said he jammed the back of his left shoulder and upper back region on a diving play Friday.

Zimmerman is batting .256 (10 for 39) with no home runs, three doubles and five RBI in 14 spring games.


Ryan Zimmerman taking BP, returning to Nationals' lineup Monday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman should play on Monday, manager Matt Williams said. 

Zimmerman left Friday's game after injuring his shoulder and back on a diving play and was expected to be shut down for two-to-three days.

He took batting practice and went through pregame warmups on Sunday and will return to the lineup on Monday, Williams said, per the Washington Post's James Wagner

Zimmerman told CSN's Mark Zuckerman that he had no problems during batting practice and confirmed he'd be in Monday's lineup.


Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder, back) will rest for 2-3 days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman told reporters he jammed the back of his left shoulder and upper back region on a diving play Friday. The team decided to shut him down for two-to-three days as a precaution, according to Comcast SportsNet Washington.

Zimmerman said no MRI was needed, and added that he's confident he'll play on Opening Day.

"I feel really good right now," Zimmerman said.


Nationals INF Ryan Zimmerman (side) exits spring game early


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman was pulled from Friday's game against the Cardinals with a minor injury to his side, according to the Washington Post. Manager Matt Williams told reporters Zimmerman because he has played three consecutive days and dove on his side. He was replaced by Mike Carp at first base in the third inning.

"He's fine. No issues," Williams said.


Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman gets strong marks at first


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman received strong reviews after playing his first game at first base this spring, according to MLB.com.

"He is still in the stages of having to think about it out there, because it's not natural yet," manager Matt Williams said. "He looked fine. He has fantastic hands." Zimmerman was tested during the start, and had to make two scoops in order to prevent possible throwing errors. 

He's been taking extra practice at the position this spring, and was fairly happy with how his first game turned out. "You can do so many drills, exercises and things like that until you have to go out there and play," Zimmerman said. "So it's nice to have a few chances. The more I play over there, the more comfortable I will get. I feel fine."

Zimmerman, 30, hit .280/.342/.449 over 214 at-bats last year. 


Nationals' Williams on Zimmerman: 'His athleticism is key for us'


(3/2/2015) After playing most of his career at third base, Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman is set to serve as the team's regular first baseman in 2015, and the team has continued to be impressed with how quickly he's learning the position, Comcast SportsNet reports.

"His athleticism is key for us," manager Matt Williams said. "He catches everything. He doesn’t miss a ball."

Zimmerman's Monday workouts had a new twist, as the team timed him to see how long he takes to get to first base after the point of contact with the ball. He also continued his work on throwing to second base, specifically gauging the positioning of shortstop Ian Desmond.

"It’s just comfort level for him," Williams said. "I’m always impressed by his athleticism and what he can do with his glove. The challenge is going to be him being comfortable over there, and the throws to second base, because it’s just backwards."

Zimmerman hit .280/.342/.449 with five home runs and 38 RBI in 214 at-bats last season.


Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman putting in extra work at first base


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman is putting in extra fielding work at first base this spring, according to The Washington Post

With Anthony Rendon entrenched at third, and Adam LaRoche now in Chicago, Zimmerman is expected to open the year as the team's starter at first base. Zimmerman saw some time at the position in 2014, but will put in extra work during camp in preparation for this year. 

"As part of his initial introduction into this spring, we’re just going over the basics of footwork, of positioning, of his thoughts on where he would like to play, what he can and can’t do, what he feels comfortable with," manager Matt Williams said. 

Williams added that he doesn't believe Zimmerman will see time in the oufield this season. As long as Zimmerman is healthy, he's expected to be the team's first baseman.

The 30-year-old Zimmerman hit .280/.342/.449 over 214 at-bats last year. 


Nats GM Mike Rizzo: Ryan Zimmerman 'definitely' full-time first baseman


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Monday that Ryan Zimmerman is "definitely" the team's full-time first baseman in 2015.

Zimmerman played first base only four times last season. A hamstring injury kept limited him to 61 games in 2014, registering a .280 batting average with five homers and 38 RBI over 214 at-bats.


Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman back to full strength


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said he is back to full strength after being hobbled late in the season due to a Grade 3 hamstring strain, according to The Washington Post.

"It doesn’t hurt golfing or laying around the house," he said. "It’s good. I always have to continually change things because you have to evolve as you get older. It’s one thing I’ve realized. I’ll change some things up but I’ll be good to go."


Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman likely to play first base in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Nationals third baseman/outfielder Ryan Zimmerman will likely shift over to first base in 2015, MLB.com reports. He's currently resting his right hamstring after suffering a Grade 3 strain in July.

"I'm sure I'll talk to them soon or they will talk [to the media]," Zimmerman said. "I think Anthony [Rendon] is the future third baseman. Obviously, he played great there. He played some second and some third. If he goes into Spring Training knowing that he is playing third base, he has a chance to be a very good third baseman.

"Obviously, I love playing third base. But some of the injuries over the last two or three years made it tougher for me to be an above average third baseman. It's hard to accept that, but I think that's the truth. Sometimes, the truth hurts sometimes. But Anthony has a great chance to be very good over there. I could be an above average first baseman if I work at it during Spring Training and the rest of this offseason. But that's not just my decision. Obviously, I'll talk with [general manager] Mike [Rizzo] and Matt and see what their plans are. I'm sure we'll find out in the next week or two."

The Nationals have first base open due to the impending free agency of 2014 starter Adam LaRoche.


Ryan Zimmerman 'hurt enough not to play' during NLDS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said his right hamstring wasn't strong enough for him to be a starter or even make an impact during the NLDS against the Giants, according to The Washington Post. Zimmerman went 1 for 4 (.250) with no RBI in four games against the Giants.

"Hurt enough not to play," Zimmerman said. "I think if it was good enough, I would have played. We would have maybe found a place to put me. This team was one of the best teams in the month of September. It’s hard to mess with something like that. We just didn’t get enough hits to win. That’s what got us."