Zimmerman isn't in the lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against Atlanta. Zimmerman started Wednesday's matinee and went 2-for-4 with a double, one run and two strikeouts. Hernan Perez will take over at first base for the second game of the doubleheader, batting sixth.
Zimmerman will start at first base and bat cleanup in Tuesday's season opener against Atlanta, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Coming out of spring training, Zimmerman had been expected to fill a short-side platoon role at first base, but he'll temporarily serve as an everyday player with Josh Bell among the nine players placed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday. Bell is expected to remain in quarantine for at least 7-to-10 days before gaining clearance to rejoin the Nationals, so Zimmerman's time atop the depth chart at first base could be short-lived. The 36-year-old was one of the team's standout performers this spring, batting .481 with six home runs in 27 at-bats in the Grapefruit League.
Zimmerman could be in the starting lineup Tuesday against Atlanta after Josh Bell was not on the field for the Nationals' workout Monday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Eleven players in total are reported to be in quarantine for the Nats due to positive COVID-19 tests or being designated a close contact, and Bell's absence from the workout suggests he's probably in one of those groups. Zimmerman might have gotten the nod anyway against Atlanta starter Drew Smyly, as he figures to see most of his action this season against left-handers. If the veteran slugger does suit up, he could be a strong DFS option.
Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with two home runs and a strikeout in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros. Both blasts came off Jake Odorizzi, as Zimmerman took him yard in both the first and second innings. The veteran first baseman has been absolutely raking this spring, slashing .474/.524/1.368 with seven of his nine hits going for extra bases (two doubles and a team-leading five homers), but Josh Bell (.385/.457/.897) has been locked in as well, and without a regular DH in the National League this season, Zimmerman has no path to consistent at-bats right now.
Zimmerman launched his second home run of the spring in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets. He also added a double, and per Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports, both balls left his bat at more than 102 mph. The veteran first baseman opted out of last season, but the time off doesn't seem to have slowed down his bat any. Zimmerman will take on a bench role behind Josh Bell this season, getting spot starts at first base against some left-handed pitchers and joining the lineup for interleague contests when the DH is available, but he should still have fantasy value in deep NL-only leagues and daily formats.
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