By Chris Hirons
Ryan Zimmerman has once again been bit by the injury bug after dealing with plantar fasciitis earlier this season, Zimmerman has once again hit the shelf with the same injury. Outfielder Andrew Stevenson is called up to take his place.
During Sunday nights series finale against the Braves, Zimmerman stepped up to the plate in the top of the second and scorched a ground ball to third that deflected off the glove of Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson which was good for the Nats first hit of the game. Zimmerman, who was hustling down the line in case Donaldson made a throw, came up limping after running down the first baseline.
Unfortunately for Zimmerman, it appeared to be serious as he had to leave the game. Zimmerman appeared to have reinjured his heel running down the line. Earlier this season, Zimmerman was placed on the Injured List with plantar fasciitis earlier this season which sidelined him for a good chunk of the first half. Manager Davey Martinez told reporters last night that he believed that it’s a recurrence of plantar fasciitis.
Stevenson on the other hand opened the season on the 25-man roster but was optioned to Triple-A Fresno after eight games. In those eight games Stevenson had three hits in 12 at-bats singling each time.
Since being optioned, Stevenson has raked for Fresno who plays in the hitter-friendly PCL. Stevenson hit .340/.389/.512. Stevenson showed a little pop for Fresno recording 31 extra-base hits.
The injury is another big blow to the Nationals who had just gotten healthy. If Zimmerman were to miss an extended amount of time it could have not come at a worse moment as Zimmerman was finding himself at the plate since he was reinstated from the injured list. Zimmerman was hitting .302 (13-for-43) with five doubles and four RBIs.
One cheap replacement for Zimmerman could be the Nationals 2018 unsung bench hero Mark Reynolds who was just designated for assignment today by the Colorado Rockies. During the 2018 season Reynold’s was huge off the bench for the Nationals slashing .248/.328/.476 which was good for a .803 OPS in 86 games. Reynolds also hit 13 home runs and drove in 40 runs. 2019 has been a different story for Reynolds as he’s only slashed .170/.290/.311 for the Rockies in 78 games.