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Injuries contributing to Nationals’ lackluster run production
Question of the Day
Baseball, as Drew Storen lives it, is all about perspective. That has been especially important inside the Washington Nationals’ clubhouse recently.
The Nationals lost five straight entering Wednesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but they also began the day in sole possession of first place in the NL East division by a half-game over Atlanta.
“We’re playing really good baseball right now,” he said. “I think that’s the most important thing. If we were making all these errors and playing sloppy, it would be easy to do that. It’s just a nice luxury.”
Washington’s 14-4 start provided a safety net for the losing streak. And fortunately for the offensively-challenged Nationals, help is on the horizon.
He took infield practice before Wednesday’s game and looked like his normal self. He charged grounders and flung them to first base using a sidearm motion. He worked on long throws on backhanded stops behind the bag.
Zimmerman, however, has said he feels fine fielding and throwing. Swinging a bat has caused him pain, so Friday’s hitting session is crucial to determining the date of his return. He plans to hit off a tee.
“I could use his bat,” manager Davey Johnson said. “I don’t want it for three or four days and have a problem with it. If he has to miss a couple more games, so be it. I’ll wait on him.”
Zimmerman won’t require any rehabilitation at-bats in the minor leagues.
“I’ll take him cold turkey,” Johnson said.
He looks across the clubhouse, though, and considers himself lucky. Pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann have come back from lengthy rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. He keeps his plight in perspective.
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