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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%: 99/92 | Average Draft Position: 101.09
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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."


Ryan Zimmerman: 'I'm not 100 percent'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is resigned to the fact he will likely come off the bench during the NLDS against the Giants, according to The Washington Post. Zimmerman was limited to 61 games during the regular season due to a broken thumb and torn right hamstring.

"If I was 100 percent and knew I didn’t miss a ton of time, it would be a lot harder to accept," Zimmerman said. "I can honestly say I’m not 100 percent. It’s a tough question to answer. I feel like if I was 100 percent and had played all year, then, yeah, it would be really hard to accept. It’s tough. I really mean it when I say it: The goal is to win. Whatever gives us the best chance to win. Matt’s done a pretty good job of putting out whatever he thinks gives us the best chance to win all year. When it gets to this point of the year, that’s honestly what means the most."


Ryan Zimmerman could be bench player for Nationals in NLDS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams did his best Thursday to avoid questions about Ryan Zimmerman's playing status for the NLDS against the Giants. Williams did say there is "possibility for matchups" for Zimmerman, who missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury.

Though, Zimmerman did not play third base in the team's intrasquad game Wednesday, which could be evidence Zimmerman will be coming off the bench in the NLDS, according to The Washington Post.


Ryan Zimmerman could be Nationals' starting first baseman in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman has come to terms with his future role likely being as a full-time first baseman since Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper appear to be the long-term options at third base and left field, respectively, for Washington.

"Do I wish some of the injuries that I've had never happened so I can continue to play Gold Glove third base that I enjoy doing? Of course I do," Zimmerman said, per MLB.com. "But things happen. They are not easy decisions. It's not easy for me to say I have the possibility of moving from third base. It's reality."

If the Nationals choose to make Zimmerman the starting first baseman in 2015, then it doesn't appear the team will bring back incumbent first baseman Adam LaRoche, who has a mutual $15 million option for next season.

"Sometimes those things are tough. That's just how it is. We'll see what happens," Zimmerman said. "But I think it's more important to look at what [LaRoche] has done while he has been here, how much he has meant, not only to the players, but the fans and the organization. He is a great guy, never complains. He is a great teammate and a great player."


Ryan Zimmerman ready to go Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman was back in the team's starting lineup Wednesday, according to CSN.

Zimmerman was supposed to play Tuesday, but had some issues with his hamstring. The injury improved enough for Zimmerman to get a start in left field Wednesday. He's hitting. 286/.348/.467 over 199 at-bats.


Nationals rest several regulars


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) For their Sunday matchup at the Marlins, the Nationals left Ian Desmond, Denard Span, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos out of their starting lineup. Ryan Zimmerman, who made his return from a two-month hiatus due to a hamstring injury on Saturday, was also not in Sunday's lineup.

Nationals activate Ryan Zimmerman from DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) The Nationals activated outfielder Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list Saturday.

Zimmerman has been sidelined since July 22 with a hamstring injury. Multiple injuries have limited him to 195 at-bats this season, and he owns a .282/.345/.456 line with five home runs and 36 RBI.


Ryan Zimmerman to be activated Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman played seven innings in Viera, Fla. on Friday and is expected to be activated from the disabled list prior to Saturday's game against the Marlins, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic reports. Zimmerman has been recovering from a hamstring injury that has prevented him from playing since July 22. He has had just 195 at-bats in 2014.