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Yocum was inducted as an honorary member of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society in 2008, and he was only the second physician to be so honored. He was also on the Medical Advisory Committee that worked with MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

“Yocum was a giant in the field of sports medicine,” Selig said in a statement. “All of our clubs relied upon Dr. Yocum’s trusted opinion and judgment. Throughout the last 36 years, the lives and careers of countless players benefited from his pioneering expertise, and he made our game on the field better as a result.”

It was not well publicized that Yocum was dealing with health issues of his own. Over the weekend, Zimmermann had heard Yocum was in the hospital but that his wife, Beth, was reading him all the text messages sent to him. He typed one out, telling the man who made sure his career wasn’t over before it truly began to get better.

“I didn’t know how bad it really was,” Zimmermann said. “He’s fixed a lot of guys and done a lot for the game of baseball. It’s a tough blow for all the younger pitchers who have to go through it.”

NOTES: Espinosa went through a full workout Tuesday, taking batting practice and fielding ground balls. As long as the swelling in his right wrist stays down, he could return to the Nationals’ lineup Wednesday. … Outfielder Jayson Werth took a full round of batting practice, ran the bases and shagged fly balls to test his strained right hamstring. He could be ready for a rehab assignment as early as Wednesday, but the decision won’t be made until then. … Outfielder Bryce Harper sat again and is likely to miss the remainder of the Nationals’ four-game home-and-home series with the Orioles with bursitis in his left knee.