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Is Ryan Zimmerman headed back to the DL?

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Ryan Zimmerman

After an 0-for-4 day at the plate on Saturday, the 2012 slash line of Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman tumbled to .218/.285/.305. His uncharacteristic struggles have raised concerns that his troublesome throwing shoulder still isn't healthy.

In fact, as Mark Zuckerman of NatsInsider.com reports, Zimmerman may be headed back to the disabled list. "I've been hitting for a while here [in the big leagues], and I don't miss fastballs the way I've been missing fastballs," Zimmerman said. "So it's frustrating, but I've just got to continue to do my treatment and stuff, and hopefully it will improve and we'll get to that. But if things keep going the way they've been going, we're going to have to do something."

Manager Davey Johnson tells Zuckerman that Zimmerman may first see how his shoulder responds to a cortisone shot. If that doesn't improve his condition, then the 15-day DL is the likely next step. He previously went on the DL for 17 days in late April with inflammation in the same shoulder.

Zimmerman plainly isn't himself at the plate, so perhaps a roster move with an eye toward a healthy second half is the best approach at this point.

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