Zimmerman went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and two strikeouts in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Marlins.
Zimmerman had been out of the lineup for each of the last two games, but he propelled the Nationals to the win with his three-run blast in the bottom of the third inning Sunday. The 36-year-old now has a .943 OPS with four home runs and 10 RBI to begin the season.
Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with two RBI in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Blue Jays.
Zimmerman followed up Tuesday's homer with his second three-hit performance of the season. The veteran first baseman is slashing .333/.364/.571 through 15 games, and while the Nats won't have the DH available again until a series the second weekend in May against the Yankees, Josh Bell's struggles could open the door for Zimmerman to win more playing time.
Zimmerman went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.
Getting the start at first base in an AL park with Josh Bell shifting to DH, Zimmerman took advantage of the opportunity by slugging his third homer of the year, taking Joel Payamps deep in the seventh inning for the Nats' final runs of the night. The veteran first baseman is slashing a strong .297/.333/.568 through 14 games, and he'll likely be back in the lineup Wednesday against southpaw Steven Matz.
Zimmerman went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Wednesday's 6-0 win at St. Louis.
The 36-year-old started the scoring Wednesday during the third inning with his first home run of the season. Zimmerman should continue to operate as a reserve option at first base now that Josh Bell has returned from the COVID-19 injured list.
Zimmerman will start at first base and bat third Wednesday against the Cardinals, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Zimmerman opened the season as an everyday player at first base, but he's expected to fill more of a part-time role now that Josh Bell has returned from the COVID-19 injured list. Bell started the first two games of the series, but he'll get a rest Wednesday on getaway day, allowing Zimmerman to re-enter the lineup.
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.
Zimmerman signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Nationals on Friday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The 36-year-old opted out of the 2020 campaign but will continue his career with Washington in 2021. Zimmerman appeared in 52 games during 2019 and had a .257/.321/.415 slash line with six home runs and 27 RBI in 190 plate appearances. Josh Bell is poised to handle the bulk of the reps at first base, while Zimmerman serves as a reserve option against left-handed pitching and potentially works as the designated hitter, if the National League adopts the position again this season.
Zimmerman intends to keep playing in 2021, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Zimmerman has been fading toward retirement for quite a few years now, with injuries limiting him to just 52 largely ineffective games in 2019 before he opted out of the 2020 campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic. He's previously stated that he won't play anywhere other than Washington, while there's a chance the only club the 36-year-old has ever played for will want him back for at least one more year on a cheap deal. The Nationals currently have a significant hole at first base, though they may wait to see how the rest of the offseason pans out before turning to Zimmerman once more.
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.
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