Thursday, October 25, 2012

Zimmerman Undergoes Surgery

Ryan Zimmerman
Zimmerman, above, will be good-to-go in six weeks following surgery. (Photo: Keith Allison)
The face of the Washington Nationals, and starting third baseman, Ryan Zimmerman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. The Washington Post has more here.

For most of the season, pretty much all of the season, Zimmerman has been feeling the effects of the injury, but has been limiting the side-effects with multiple cortisone shots. He first experienced problems with his shoulder following the Nationals season opening homestand.

During that homestand, Zimmerman made several diving stops at third base and also had a head-first slide into home. That constant stretch and almost unnatural movement left him feeling the effects for quite some time. Zimmerman even went on the disabled list and was replaced by Steve Lombardozzi.

After getting his first cortisone shot, his hitting improved and his play in the field improved. However, you could still tell that he was feeling some discomfort in that shoulder. His usual web-gems were not always a sure-fire play for the usual sure-fire infielder.

Zimmerman experienced one of his worst statistical seasons for the Nationals. He batted a career low .282 and a second worst in his career .346 on base percentage. However, Zimmerman did hit 25 home runs, 95 RBI, and 36 doubles.

General Manager Mike Rizzo told the Washington Post that Ryan Zimmerman should be ready to go full speed in six weeks. The procedure was preformed by team doctor Wiemi Douoguih.

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Source: The Washington Post