While a lot of things went very right for the Nationals last year, Ryan Zimmerman regaining his swagger was not one of them. He once again couldn't stay off the DL, and even though his 115 games played were his highest total since 2013, he didn't do much with those extra plate appearances, posting a career-low .642 OPS and career-high 22.3 percent strikeout rate. Now 32 years old and with a bad shoulder that limits him to first base, there's little reason for optimism in Zimmerman's future. He didn't even put together his usual big finish to the season, hitting just .222/.259/.333 in 81 at-bats through September and October, although he did show some life in the playoffs. Heading into the final year of his contract, the one-time face of the franchise may find himself slowly pushed to the bench in 2017, as the 21 games Daniel Murphy played at first base could be a sign that the front office no longer views Zimmerman as even a short-term option at the position.
Zimmerman is not in Friday's lineup against the Marlins, William Ladson of MLB.com reports. After reaching base twice Thursday, Zimmerman will take a seat for the second time in the last three games, as the NL East champion Nationals don't have much left to play for in the final series of the regular season. Clint Robinson will get the start at first base in his place and bat sixth.
Zimmerman is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, William Ladson of MLB.com reports. Zimmerman has notched a .286/.348/.524 line over the last seven games, but had a rough time at the plate Saturday as he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. In his absence, Clint Robinson will start at first base and hit fifth.
Zimmerman went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the Nationals' 8-3 win over the Marlins on Wednesday. The blast was Zimmerman's 15th of what has been a disappointing season for the veteran first baseman. He's hitting just .216 with 45 RBI on the year, due in large part to his .172 average with RISP. That's coming off what was a career-low .249 batting average in 2015, an alarming downward trend.
Zimmerman is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Despite a solid 2-for-4 showing in Monday's matchup, Zimmerman will head to the bench for his second night off in three days. Clint Robinson will fill in for him at first base for the time being.
Zimmerman is out of the lineup Sunday against the Braves, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports. Zimmerman is still having some troubles at the plate, batting just .185 over his past 30 games, so he'll get the day off for the series finale with Atlanta. Clint Robinson will take over at first base for the day to replace him.