NEW YORK — After a torrid week, in which he was 15-for-32 (.469) with five home runs and a 1.067 slugging percentage, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was named National League Player of the Week.
The award signifies a hot streak that has been going on with Zimmerman for a full month now. Hitting .218 on June 24, Zimmerman received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder to ease pain that had clearly been hampering him. Since that date, Zimmerman has hit .392 with an .804 slugging percentage and has an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 1.255.
Perhaps more telling about how much the AC joint inflammation in his right shoulder was affecting him is the fact that Zimmerman has hit into just two double plays since receiving the shot — and one of those was only a double play because Bryce Harper overran second base. Before the shot, he’d ground into 11.
“He is swinging the bat so good it’s scary,” said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. “You feel like every time up there he’s going to hit a rocket.”
Zimmerman’s 14 home runs ranks second among National League third basemen and this is the third time in his career he’s has won the weekly award.