Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:27:59 -0700
Washinton Nationals OF Bryce Harper, 3B Ryan Zimmerman and C Wilson Ramos have combined for just three home runs in 306 plate appearances since their respective returns from the disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: Ramos and Harper should begin to see a few more balls clearing fences, as they get a few more at-bats and gain confidence and comfort at the plate. Zimmerman's shoulder injury has zapped his power in the past, so fantasy owners should begin to be a little concerned about him going forward.
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:53:06 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman has played third base in every game since Bryce Harper returned, and manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman's defense has been acceptable.
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman's defense at the hot corner has suffered at times because of a chronic shoulder issue, but as long as his defense remains passable, the Nationals are going to keep his bat in the lineup. Danny Espinosa will continue to struggle to see at-bats.
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:18:49 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman is back at third base Monday, June 30, with OF Bryce Harper back from the disabled list and starting in left field. 2B Anthony Rendon is moving back to second base, and 2B Danny Espinosa is on the bench. Zimmerman made strong throws from a three-quarters release point during infield practice at third base.
Fantasy Tip: As was mentioned earlier, Espinosa is the biggest loser with Harper returning from the DL. Unless another regular needs rest, expect Espinosa to stay on the bench in the regular lineup.
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:43:01 -0700
The Washington Nationals activated OF Bryce Harper (thumb) from the disabled list Monday, June 30, and optioned RP Xavier Avery to Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: The return of Harper is expected to push Ryan Zimmerman back to third base and possibly some time at first base. Manager Matt Williams will mix and match when he wants to rest players. The biggest loser of Harper's return is probably Danny Espinosa, though.
Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:49:13 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman will return to third base once OF Bryce Harper (thumb) is activated from the 15-day disabled list. 2B Anthony Rendon will move back to second base, and 2B Danny Espinosa will go to the bench. Zimmerman is expected to continue to see time at left field and first base.
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:05:17 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (thumb) reached base in both of his plate appearances for Class A Potomac Monday, June 23, singling to left field and drawing a walk. He played in left for three innings and is on track to log five frames in center field Tuesday, June 24. He's likely to play all three outfield spots when he returns, sharing time with Ryan Zimmerman, Denard Span and Jayson Werth.
Fantasy Tip: It's looking like he'll be back at least before the next weekly lineup transaction period, so prepare your squad ahead of time.
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:11:02 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman was taking ground balls at third before his team's game Monday, June 23, but he has said he'd rather stay in left field instead of taking one of the corner infield spots.
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:28:49 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Ryan Zimmerman was fielding ground balls at third base before the game Monday, June 23.
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:53:54 -0700
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa could be made available at the trade deadline when OF Bryce Harper returns from the disabled list. Sources indicate 3B Ryan Zimmerman would play third base and 2B Anthony Rendon would go to second.
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:53:53 -0700
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman will play some third base, first base and left field when OF Bryce Harper (thumb) returns from the disabled list, according to manager Matt Williams. 2B Anthony Rendon will play third and second. The plan is to move players around based on matchups and rest. "That's what you want," Williams said. "So I can give Denard a day, or Jayson a day. Then you can certainly do those types of things. It's been difficult so far this season, because we've had so many guys injured. But it is what it is, and sometimes you have to deal with it. But it could potentially allow us to give some guys some rest, too."
Fantasy Tip: Harper's return is still at least several weeks away. The loser when Harper returns, no matter how you slice it, will likely be Danny Espinosa. He'll essentially return to the role of glorified utility man.