Zimmerman is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. It's said to be a routine day off for the veteran following 12 consecutive starts. Zimmerman got off to a slow start to August, but he seems to be dialed back in with three homers in his last four games and five in his last eight. Adam Lind will take over at first base in Zimmerman's absence.
Zimmerman went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's win against the Padres. Thursday marked Zimmerman's second game in a row with a home run, and this time his long ball gave the Nationals the decisive lead. Zimmerman's 29 home runs on the year tie him with Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt for the fourth-most homers in the National League. He's only slashing .252/.316/.563 since the All-Star break, but Zimmerman appears to have rediscovered his power stroke with four home runs in his last three games.
Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Angels. His first-inning shot off Ricky Nolasco proved to be the only runs the Nats could muster against Angels pitching on the afternoon. Zimmerman had a rough stretch to begin August, but over the last week's he caught fire again, slashing .423/.500/.962 with four homers and nine RBI.
Zimmerman went 4-for-4 with a walk, a double, two home runs, four runs scored and five RBI in Wednesday's 10-1 rout of the Marlins. He came into Wednesday having gone 2-for-27 in his last eight games, but Zimmerman snapped his mini-slump in emphatic fashion. He's now got 26 homers, 81 RBI and a .941 OPS on the year, numbers which have him on pace to set new career highs in all three categories.
Zimmerman is not in the lineup Friday against the Cubs, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. The absence doesn't appear to be anything more than continued physical maintenance for the bounce-back masher. The Nationals will rest Zimmerman at least once per week, and this day game provides the latest opportunity for Adam Lind to take his spot at first base. Expect Zimmerman to return to the lineup card Saturday.
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