Ryan Zimmerman 3B WAS 13 Days

Ryan Zimmermann (shoulder) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.

An MRI on Zimmerman's right shoulder revealed no structural damage, but Nationals manager Matt Williams said during a radio appearance Monday night that he's dealing with an "arthritic" condition. While he did some early throwing Tuesday, it's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action. Anthony Rendon is filling in at third base Tuesday while Danny Espinosa plays second base.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B WAS 13 Days

Nationals manager Matt Williams said during a radio appearance Monday night that Ryan Zimmerman has an "arthritic shoulder."

An MRI exam over the weekend revealed no structural damage, but Zimmerman's right shoulder has been an issue for a couple of seasons now and there's no real end in sight. The Nationals could ease the burden somewhat by cutting down on pre-game throwing and having him play the occasional game at first base, but an eventual move across the diamond appears inevitable. Adam LaRoche's contract expires after this season, so we're thinking it will happen next season.

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Ryan Zimmerman admitted Sunday that his right shoulder has "never really felt like this."

Zimmerman has dealt with shoulder issues off and on the last few seasons, but he's indicated that his latest bout of soreness might be the worst yet. "It's felt good sometimes, it's felt bad sometimes, but it's never really felt like this," he said. "That's why I brought it to the attention of the coaches." The Nationals are still waiting on MRI results on Zimmerman's shoulder, but a trip to the DL is looking like it could be in order.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B WAS 18 Days

Ryan Zimmerman went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's 8-2 win over the Mets.

He had a solo homer off Zack Wheeler in the second inning and later added an RBI single in a four-run seventh inning against the lousy New York bullpen. The four hits tied a career-high for Zimmerman. It was the ninth time in his career that he accomplished the feat.

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Ryan Zimmerman is batting second in the Nationals' season-opening lineup Monday against the Mets.

And catcher Wilson Ramos is batting cleanup. Nationals manager Matt Williams played with a few different lineup looks throughout the spring, and the tweaking will likely continue for the early part of the summer. The full Opening Day batting order for Washington: CF Denard Span, 3B Ryan Zimmerman, RF Jayson Werth, C Wilson Ramos, LF Bryce Harper, SS Ian Desmond, 1B Adam LaRoche, 2B Anthony Rendon, SP Stephen Strasburg.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B WAS 27 Days

Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk against the Mets on Tuesday.

Manager Matt Williams continues to play with his lineup, but it looks like Zimmerman will probably occupy the cleanup spot in between Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper initially. Zimmerman is hitting .325 with two homers in 40 at-bats this spring.

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Ryan Zimmerman played both third and first Sunday and had a double in three at-bats against the Tigers.

Zimmerman was able to play the field today after returning from a sore shoulder as a DH on Saturday. Interestingly, he was batting fifth today in what could have been a preview of the top six in the Nationals' lineup; manager Matt Williams had Denard Span leading off, followed by Ian Desmond, Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche. Davey Johnson was never willing to bat Zimmerman lower than fourth, but fifth is probably where he belongs in this lineup.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B WAS 1 Month

Ryan Zimmerman returned to action as a designated hitter on Saturday, going 0-for-3 with a sac fly.

Zimmerman had been sidelined with soreness in his surgically repaired shoulder.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B WAS 1 Month

Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) will return to the Nationals lineup as the designated hitter on Saturday.

The veteran infielder said that his sore shoulder felt much better, but that he'll DH because he needs the at-bats. He was able to take grounders at third base during pre-game work without any issues. It doesn't sound like a serious ailment at this point, but is something to monitor if planning on investing in Zimmerman in fantasy drafts.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B WAS 1 Month

Ryan Zimmerman will sit out the Nationals' next two games due to soreness in his right shoulder.

Zimmerman underwent surgery on that same shoulder in November 2012, but he's optimistic that this recent bout of soreness is not pointing to anything serious. "Just typical spring training stuff," the third baseman said Thursday in Nationals camp. "You don't take groundballs and do stuff for a while, then take a ton of groundballs and do stuff. It just gets a little sore. It's fine."