Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman placed on DL with hamstring injury

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Yes, Ryan Zimmerman has another injury concern. (USATSI)
Yes, Ryan Zimmerman has another injury concern. (USATSI)

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Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was forced to exit Tuesday night's game against the Rockies (WAS 7, COL 4) after straining his right hamstring on an RBI ground-out in the sixth, and now he's been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Given the usual recovery times involving hamstring injuries, Zimmerman's absense could be a lengthy one. Earlier this season, Zimmerman missed 44 games with a fractured thumb. While he's out, the Nationals will likely slide Anthony Rendon over third base while installing Danny Espinosa at second.

This year, Zimmerman, age 29, is batting .282/.345/.456. That's good for an OPS+ of 121, which matches his career mark.

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