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11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
Height/Weight: 6-3/228 | Birthdate: 9/28/1984 | Birthplace: Washington, NC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: Virginia | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $14,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/88 | Average Draft Position: 85.65
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Ryan Zimmerman picks up four hits Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman picked up four hits Saturday against the Cubs.

Zimmerman singled in his first at-bat, and then added a double his next time up. After making a rare out the next time up, Zimmerman singled again in the sixth. In his final at-bat, he belted his second double of the day. Zimmerman finished 4 for 5, with two runs and three RBI. He's hitting .272/.335/.430.


Ryan Zimmerman removed for defensive reasons late


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Nationals third baseman/outfielder Ryan Zimmerman was removed from Wednesday's game for defensive reasons, according to The Washington Post.

With Bryce Harper back in the team's lineup, Zimmerman has moved back to third base. While he's performed well at his old position thus far, Zimmerman will likely be removed from close games in order to give the Nationals a stronger defense in the late innings. In this scenario, Anthony Rendon would shift to third and Danny Espinosa would come in to play second. 

As long as the team keeps its current alignment, Zimmerman will likely be removed late in games. 


Matt Williams now staying mum on starting lineup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams will not reveal how he'll employ his lineup once Bryce Harper returns, according to The Washington Post

Williams had previously outlined a situation where Ryan Zimmerman would shift back to third, pushing Danny Espinosa out of the lineup. Harper is expected to see time at all three outfield spots once he returns, which could give Williams more flexibility. It's unclear if Williams will stick with that plan moving forward, or if he has something else up his sleeve. 


Ryan Zimmerman slugs key home run in 16-inning win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Nationals left fielder Ryan Zimmerman went 3 for 7 Tuesday and hit a two-run home run in the 16th inning of his team's 4-2 win over the Brewers.

Zimmerman also flashed some leather with an impressive defensive play in the bottom half of the 16th to keep the Brewers off the bases. It was Zimmerman's first home run since returning from the disabled list in early June. He has hit .250/.305/.405 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 116 at-bats.


Ryan Zimmerman takes grounders at third


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Nationals utility man Ryan Zimmerman took grounders at third Monday, according to The Washington Post.

Zimmerman is expected to take over the position once Bryce Harper works his way into the starting lineup. Zimmerman took between 20 and 25 balls at the position, and reportedly looked more at ease at the position. He said he was encouraged by the workout. "It felt really good," Zimmerman said. "I’ll continue to do it. I don’t think we’ll do it every day but certainly do a little bit more."


Nats to change OF, INF alignment when Bryce Harper returns


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) With Bryce Harper getting closer to returning from a thumb injury, Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Ryan Zimmerman will be returning to third base upon Harper's activation off the disabled list and Anthony Rendon will move to second base, per MLB.com.

Although Zimmerman is happy to oblige his manager, he said Sunday he prefers to stay in left field and have Rendon continue to play at third base.

"Going out to left field, gave us the best chance to win. It’s a good problem to have. Too many good players and not enough spots," Zimmerman said. "I’ll see what happens. I’m pretty comfortable in left and I think Anthony is a hell of a third baseman. I think there is no doubt right now he is better over there than me. But you have to have your best players in the lineup somehow. Whatever [manager] Matt [Williams] needs me to do, that’s what I’ll do."


Ryan Zimmerman makes first career start at first base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman made his first career appearance at first base Sunday against the Cardinals. Zimmerman started at first base and hit cleanup against St. Louis left-hander Jaime Garcia.

Ryan Zimmerman could play first base Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Nationals left fielder Ryan Zimmerman could see his first start at first base Sunday, according to The Washington Post.

With a lefty on the mound, manager Matt Williams said he may opt to rest Adam LaRoche and go with Zimmerman at first. While Zimmerman hasn't played the position during a regular season game, he has been taking ground balls at the position lately. Zimmerman has played left since returning from the disabled list. He's hitting .263 over 76 at-bats.


Ryan Zimmerman to eventually return to third base


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Nationals outfielder Ryan Zimmerman will move back to third base once outfielder Bryce Harper returns from his injury, MLB.com reports.

Zimmerman has made eight appearances in left field since returning from the disabled list, but the team will have a positional crunch once Harper is ready to return. Zimmerman's eventual move will likely turn Danny Espinosa back into a part-time player.


Ryan Zimmerman plays well in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman made his return from the disabled list Tuesday against the Phillies, and he did so at what might be his new position.

Zimmerman played seven innings in left field before he was lifted for a defensive replacement. His thumb looked fine at the plate and in the field, as he went 2 for 4 with two doubles, while driving in one run in a 7-0 win.

Zimmerman is expected to get playing time at a number of different positions moving forward, as the team tries to keep his bat in the lineup. He is hitting .378/.415/.676 in 11 games this season. 


Nationals activate Ryan Zimmerman, who will play left field


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) The Nationals reinstated third baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list, and he'll start in left field Tuesday night for the first time in his career, reports MLB.com. Zimmerman missed 44 games due to a fractured right thumb.

Zimmerman will play left occasionally so Washington can keep Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa in the lineup.


Ryan Zimmerman expected to return Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is expected to return from the disabled list Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

If and when Zimmerman returns, it'll likely be at a new position, as the Nationals have prepared to stick him in left field in order to keep both Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa in the lineup. Zimmerman is expected to play left field and at both corner infield positions once activated. He has hit .364/.405/.636 with two home runs and six RBI in 33 at-bats.


Ryan Zimmerman playing left field again in minors


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is slated to play nine innings in left field Monday at Class A Potomac, reports the Washington Post. Zimmerman is rehabbing a thumb injury and hopes to rejoin the major-league team Tuesday.

He's expected to play multiple positions once he rejoins the team. Zimmerman also played left field on Saturday.


Ryan Zimmerman gets one defensive chance Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Nationals utility man Ryan Zimmerman made one play out in left field Saturday during a rehab start, according to The Washington Post.

Zimmerman only played five innings in the field, and had one ball hit out his way. On a ball driven to the gap, Zimmerman initially broke the wrong way, but was able to cut off the ball and throw it to the cutoff man. Zimmerman said his shoulder felt fine after making the throw. 

Zimmerman said after the game that he wasn't sure where he would play Sunday. He expects to rejoin the Nationals Tuesday.


Ryan Zimmerman targeting Tuesday for return to Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who has been sidelined with a right thumb injury, is targeting the Tuesday night game against Philadelphia for his return to the Nationals. He has been on a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac.

Zimmerman has not played for Washington since April 12.


Ryan Zimmerman to play five innings in left Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will play five innings in left field during a rehab assignment Saturday.

Zimmerman served as the designated hitter in his first rehab game with Single-A Potomac Friday. He's expected to play at least three different positions once he returns to the majors.


Ryan Zimmerman listed as designated hitter in rehab game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was listed as the designated hitter during his first rehab game Friday, according to ESPN980.

Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman would likely begin his rehab assignment as a DH, so the move isn't a big surprise. He's expected to play multiple positions once he's activated and back in the majors. Zimmerman will hit third during his Friday start at Single-A Potomac.


Ryan Zimmerman to begin rehab assignment Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will begin a rehab assignment Friday.

Zimmerman is recovering from a broken thumb, but has been cleared for game activity recently. He'll begin his rehab assignment in Single-A Potomac. It's unclear how many games he'll need before the team activates him from the disabled list.

Zimmerman hit .364 in 10 games prior to the injury.


Ryan Zimmerman will play three positions on looming rehab assignment


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman could begin a minor-league rehab assignment this weekend, according to a report by MLB.com Thursday.

Zimmerman, working his way back from a fractured right thumb, is likely to play designated hitter for at least a few games at first. After that, he will spend some time working at third base, first base and left field, as he is expected to play all three positions when he comes back to the majors.

Zimmerman was working at third base without issue, and has worked out at the other two positions recently as well. At this point, it is not yet known where Zimmerman will begin his rehab assignment, nor how long he will be on it. 


Playing time shouldn't be a concern for Ryan Zimmerman


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/28/2014) With word that Ryan Zimmerman could play something of a utility role when he returns from his thumb injury, shifting from third base to first base to left field as needed, you may be worried it'll impact his playing time. After all, the utility players are usually the ones coming off the bench.

More often than not, though, Zimmerman figures to be the one bumping someone else from the lineup. He'll be kind of like Ben Zobrist, who has only recently settled in as a full-time second baseman even though he's been a mainstay in the Rays lineup for years.

The only reason the Nationals are making these other positions available to Zimmerman is because they value his bat too much to have his throwing issues at third base negate it. That bat will only pay off if it's in the lineup every day.

So if Zimmerman won't lose playing time, who will? Well, until Bryce Harper comes back from his own thumb injury, Nate McLouth, most likely. Beyond that, Danny Espinosa seems the most likely candidate, though if Adam LaRoche falls off, he's a possibility as well.


Ryan Zimmerman participates in live batting practice Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman took a step forward in his recovery Wednesday by participating in live batting practice, masnsports.com reports.

"Felt good," Zimmerman said. "I think you got to do that for a few days to get in shape and make sure that you can go out and take BP every day and do your work without getting tired or without doing something to your back or your oblique. That is kind of the point of these last two days and the next couple of days. We will kind of reassess it and go from there."

Zimmerman also participated in long toss Wednesday and said it felt good. He is recovering from a fractured right thumb.


Ryan Zimmerman could play three positions upon his return


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman could soon be what can best be described as an every-day utility player.

Upon his return from the disabled list, he might move around from third base to first base to left field, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. "I'll do whatever they ask if that's what's best for the team ... I'll do whatever," Zimmerman said

Zimmerman has missed 40 games with a broken thumb. He was batting .364 before going down.


Ryan Zimmerman ready to field grounders, take BP


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) will field grounders and take batting practice Wednesday, manager Matt Williams said. He added when Zimmerman's ready for a rehab assignment, he will DH initially before playing in the field.

Williams also hinted Tuesday that Zimmerman could see some playing time in the outfield upon his return.

"I can't say he's not going to play in the outfield. I can't say that's the main plan, either," Williams said.


Ryan Zimmerman cleared to hit in batting cage


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) After going for X-rays on his injured thumb Monday, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was cleared to do some hitting in the batting cage and increasing his throwing reps, per MASNsports.com.

Ryan Zimmerman to get X-ray Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will get an X-ray on his injured thumb Monday, reports the Washington Post. Manager Matt Williams said he hopes Zimmerman will be cleared to begin hitting and taking grounders.