Due to a grade-three hamstring injury, Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has now missed more than 30 games. He is currently going through rehab and gearing up for a return during the September stretch run. That’s all good and well, but the big question in Washington is: where will Zimmerman fit into the lineup?
The third baseman is hitting .282 on the season, along with a strong .802 OPS. His productive bat is definitely appreciated by Matt Williams and the rest of the Nationals. Zimmerman does, however, still have lingering shoulder problems that have plagued him in terms of throwing in the field.
The Nationals acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera in order to fill the then hole at second base. 2B Anthony Rendon moved over to take over Zimmerman’s duties at third when he left with the hamstring injury. While Cabrera has had ups and downs in his time with the Nats, he is still just hitting .247 on the year. Williams and the team will be forced to find a way to fit Zimmerman into the lineup when he is healthy enough to return.
His rehab continues to progress, although he has yet to take batting practice as of August 30. The Nationals remain atop the NL East and are gearing up for playoff baseball. The team will need the offensive production of Zimmerman come the playoffs, and Williams will have to get creative in order to fit the third baseman into the lineup.