SAN DIEGO — After the Washington Nationals’ 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres, there was no firm news on Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and the MRI done on his right shoulder Tuesday afternoon. The Nationals were having the results sent to their team doctors in Washington and expected to have more information Wednesday morning.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson did allow this much: it doesn’t sound good.
“At this point, as far as I know, it’s not real favorable,” Johnson said. “It looks like he’s going to need some more rest. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
The Nationals started Steve Lombardozzi at third base tonight in Zimmerman’s place and later moved Mark DeRosa there on a double-switch. Johnson said Tuesday night that if the team needed a longer-term replacement at the position he’d likely mix-and-match between Lombardozzi, DeRosa and left-hander Chad Tracy.
Asked if the team was planning to make a roster move, playing shorthanded as they were Tuesday night without Zimmerman, Johnson said they’d just wait and see until they get word from Nationals medical director Wiemi Douoguih on Wednesday morning.
For more on what precipitated Zimmerman’s MRI with comments from Johnson and Zimmerman, here’s the story from earlier Tuesday.