The Washington Times - June 3, 2008, 10:01PM

Here’s a sampling of what Ryan Zimmerman had to say about going on the DL with a small tear in his left shoulder. For those wondering, Drs. James Andrews and Tim Kremchek have returned their opinions after seeing Zimmerman’s MRI. Both agree with Nationals team doctor Ben Shaffer that Zimmerman should rest for a week and take anti-inflammatory medication. No surgery, yet. He’ll be re-evaluated in a week. No word yet from the Mayo Clinic doctor who’s advice was also sought. Regardless, it would appear Zimmerman’s going to miss some significant time, whether it’s weeks or months.
Now, a few words from Zimmerman …
On his emotions:
“Upset. Frustrated. It’s hard for not to play, and now to not be able to play for even longer. It’s not upsetting or frustrating for me; it’s more the team. We’ve worked hard. To have so many people get hurt, it’s really not where our team is. We don’t want to be portrayed as the kind of team like we’ve been playing lately. We have a lot of pride. I think it kind of takes a hit out of you.”
On the possibility of missing a lot of time:
“I think I want to come back a lot quicker. But I think it’s going to be a little bit longer. I don’t know weeks or anything like that. Like I said, I think we’re going to talk later. It’s going to be taken slowly. It’s hard for me to do that, but I think they’re going to be pretty strict about it.”
On how many injuries the Nats have suffered:

“Yeah, I think it’s tough. I mean, I think there’s four of five of us out from Opening Night on the DL. It’s unfortunate. It’s kind of all freak injuries, too — hit by pitch, sliding into bases, you know, things like that. The important thing is none of us are rushed and don’t come back too early and cause more problems on our rehab.”


On whether he can still be a leader while on the DL:

“Yeah. The one thing I’ve learned during the week is you notice a lot more sitting on the bench. Although it’s very boring and tough to sit there, but I can help out a lot, too. We have a lot of young guys. Sitting and watching is like a side game; you can kind of see things you don’t usually see because you’re out there concentrating on what you have to do. I’ll  try and help out as much as I can that way. I’m going to stay with the team, travel and be there for the guys. They would do it for me if they were in the same situation.”