Zimmerman informed the Nationals on Monday that he has opted out of playing in the 2020 season, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
Zimmerman's decision comes less than a week after he outlined his concerns about how playing during the COVID-19 pandemic could compromise the immune systems of his wife and newborn baby in an essay posted by the Associated Press. Along with Zimmerman, teammate Joe Ross has also elected not to play in 2020, leaving the Nationals with less depth at first base and in the rotation, respectively. With Zimmerman out of the mix, the Nationals could lean more heavily on Howie Kendrick as the primary platoon mate at first base with the left-handed-hitting Eric Thames. Zimmerman will forgo his $6.25 million salary in 2020 and hit free agency in the offseason, but it's unclear if the soon-to-be 37-year-old will have interest in resuming his career in 2021.
Zimmerman is part of the Nationals' 60-man player pool, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
There was some speculation Zimmerman might elect to sit out the season, as he has a newborn baby and his wife has a compromised immune system, but it appears as though he's informed the Nats that he's ready to go. The 35-year-old could fill the short side of a platoon with Eric Thames at first base and see some action at DH, but at this stage of his career, Zimmerman's primary role is likely to be as a bench bat.
Zimmerman told Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press that he hasn't decided whether he's going to play during the 2020 season due to his family situation.
Zimmerman has a newborn son and his mother falls into the high-risk category with multiple sclerosis, so it makes sense he's hesitant as committing to playing could mean he's separated from them until a couple weeks after the season is over. The veteran first baseman didn't indicate when he expects to make a decision, but teams must submit an official 60-man roster pool by Sunday afternoon.
Zimmerman got the start at first base Thursday and went 0-for-2 before exiting the game.
The brittle veteran was seeing his first action of the spring, and while he didn't collect any hits he was making good contact. Zimmerman will likely platoon at first base with Eric Thames this year, removing a lot of wear and tear from the 35-year-old. Zimmerman has played more than 115 games only once in the last six seasons, and even if he stays healthy his reduced role won't afford him much of a chance to top that figure in 2020.
Zimmerman declared himself fully healthy Monday and said he won't face any restrictions during spring training, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
The 35-year-old spent two extended stints on the injured list last season on account of plantar fasciitis, but he was able to make it back to action in September, playing a limited role for the Nationals as the team claimed its first World Series title. After having his pricey player option declined in the offseason, Zimmerman re-upped with Washington on a one-year, $2 million deal, an affordable contract that should allow him to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster as a backup first baseman. The right-handed-hitting Zimmerman will likely fill the short side of a platoon at the position with Eric Thames.
Zimmerman signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Nationals on Friday, Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post reports.
The Nationals have added some talent at first base over the offseason, signing Eric Thames to a one-year, $4 million deal and making Zimmerman's path to playing time more difficult. The veteran slashed .257/.321/.415 with six home runs and 27 RBI over 52 contests a season ago with Washington and figures to share time at first base in 2020.
The Nationals are declining Zimmerman's $18 million club option for 2020, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Zimmerman performed well enough in the playoffs with a .255/.317/.418 slash line in 16 games, but he was limited to 52 games in the regular season, so it's no real surprise to see the Nationals willing to fork out $2 million for the buyout. The 35-year-old spent the first 15 years of his career in Washington, and the team is unsurprisingly interested in bringing him back at a reduced figure.
Zimmerman is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.
Zimmerman started Saturday's game, but as has been the case regularly the last week, Howie Kendrick will get the start at first base in Sunday's series finale.
Zimmerman is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Marlins, according to Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports.
Zimmerman hit three homers over the first 11 days of September, but he has started just three games since, and will cede the starting first base duties to Howie Kendrick on Friday for the fourth time in five games.
Zimmerman is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.
Matt Adams' shoulder injury has afforded Zimmerman more work at first base lately, but the 34-year-old hasn't been able to take advantage. Since being reinstated from the injured list at the beginning of the month, Zimmerman is batting only .219 in 10 games. The hot-hitting Howie Kendrick will log a second straight start at first base in place of Zimmerman while the Nationals aim to put out their best lineup and solidify their standing in the NL wild-card race.
Zimmerman isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.
Zimmerman has been scuffling at the plate over his last three contests (0-for-8), likely resulting in the day off. Howie Kendrick draws the start at first base and is set to bat fifth.
Zimmerman is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.
Zimmerman went 0-for-5 with a walk while starting the first two games of the series and will head to the bench for the finale. Howie Kendrick enters the lineup at first base and will bat fifth Sunday.
Zimmerman is not in Thursday's lineup against the Twins.
Even with the designated hitter spot at their disposal, Zimmerman will head to the bench with Matt Adams starting at first base and Howie Kendrick starting at DH. Zimmerman is hitting .292 with three home runs in 24 at-bats since coming off the injured list on Sept. 1.
Zimmerman went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Twins.
Zimmerman came through with an RBI single during the first inning and then again during the third with a 397-foot, two-run shot to left field. The veteran slugger is 7-for-24 with one double, three home runs and 10 RBI in seven games since rejoining the Nationals at the start of September.
Zimmerman is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Zimmerman produced all three runs in Saturday's loss with a three-run homer, but he'll nonetheless head to the bench for the series finale. Matt Adams will start at first base and bat sixth in his place.
Zimmerman went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Friday's 4-3 loss to Atlanta.
His eighth-inning blast off Luke Jackson brought the Nats to within a run, but it was the only offense the club could generate on the night. Zimmerman has gone yard twice in three starts since rejoining the lineup in September, but injuries have once again sabotaged his season -- the 34-year-old has a .252/.315/.435 slash line with five homers and 22 RBI in only 37 games.
Zimmerman is not in the lineup Thursday against the Braves.
Zimmerman has started two of four games since returning from the injured list at the beginning of the month, going 3-for-9 with a home run and four RBI in those contests. He'll sit in favor of Howie Kendrick on Thursday.
Zimmerman (foot) went 1-for-3 with a home run, walk and two RBI in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Marlins.
Reinstated from the injured list earlier in the day as part of the Nationals' first wave of September callups, Zimmerman wasted no time making an impact. While the veteran looks to be over the foot injury that kept him on the shelf for nearly six weeks, he's expected to be in line for a short-side platoon role at first base over the season's final month. He'll retreat to the bench for Monday's game against the Mets with Matt Adams picking up the start at first base.
Zimmerman (foot) was activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday and will start at first base and bat sixth against the Marlins.
Zimmerman completed an eight-game rehab stint earlier this week to clear the way for his return to the majors after missing the last six weeks due to plantar fasciitis. The 34-year-old has struggled with a .246/.311/.390 slash line in 33 games this season and won't be asked to play a full-time role in September. According to Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports, manager Dave Martinez said he expects Zimmerman to start against left-handed pitching and serve as a late-inning defensive replacement for Matt Adams, who should retain the large side of a platoon at first base.
Zimmerman (foot) is expected to be activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Zimmerman completed an eight-game rehab assignment earlier this week and will work out at the team's facility Friday and Saturday before being activated when rosters expand Sunday. The 34-year-old has been limited to 33 games this season and has a .246/.311/.390 slash line with three home runs in 132 plate appearances.
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