Sun, 02 Mar 2014 20:13:54 -0800
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman is expected to receive some playing time at first base during spring training. Zimmerman continues to take ground balls at first base and is working on picking balls out of the dirt.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:00:51 -0800
Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams plans to use OF Nate McLouth in right field and the leadoff spot Friday, Feb. 28, in the first Grapefruit League spring game against the New York Mets with 2B Danny Espinosa in the two-hole. 3B Ryan Zimmerman will bat third, 1B Adam LaRoche will bat cleanup and SS Ian Desmond will bat fifth. C Wilson Ramos will bat sixth with OF Tyler Moore serving as the designated hitter, OF Scott Hairston batting eighth and playing left field, and OF Michael Taylor batting last and playing in center field.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:30:15 -0800
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman said he's confident that he can return to being an elite third baseman now that he's regained full strength in his right arm and was able to have a normal offseason working out. Zimmerman is fine shifting over to first base for 10 to 15 games this year to spell 1B Adam LaRoche against tough left-handers. Zimmerman has yet to take balls at first base, and the transition could be slow.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:21:22 -0800
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman will play third base 99 percent of the time this spring, according to manager Matt Williams.
Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:30:05 -0800
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman arrived early at camp Sunday, Feb. 16, and he was greeted by two infield gloves. One was a first baseman's mitt, which will be used early in spring training. The team plans to use him as the regular third baseman, but manager Matt Williams said he might see reps across the diamond. "If we give Zim a day at first base, it's just to get some reps over there in case something happens," Williams said. Zimmerman is prepared to make 10 to 15 starts at first base this year.
Fantasy Tip: The added eligibility will be nice for Zimmerman and his fantasy owners. He remains a top-notch option in all formats.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:55:36 -0800
Washington Nationals 1B Tyler Moore feels as though he needs to compete to earn a spot on the active roster this spring after he struggled for most of the 2013 season and was sent to the minors. 1B Adam LaRoche is the starter at first base and 3B Ryan Zimmerman is expected to receive repetitions at first base, as well. Moore could be left as more of a pinch hitter off the bench.
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:35:16 -0800
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman will remain the everyday third baseman in 2014, but he will also move across the diamond and spend some time at first base. He'll take grounders at first in spring training, and it's a possible transition for a permanent position switch down the road. He could spell 1B Adam LaRoche against tough left-handed pitchers for 10 to 15 games in the season. "If that's best for the team, I'm willing to play over there," Zimmerman said. "I don't want to play 60 games over there. The way I played at the end of last season and the way my arm felt, I think third base is my best position and it gives our team the best chance to win. I feel like I'm the best third baseman that we have." Manager Matt Williams doesn't want Zimmerman playing first out of fear that his previous throwing woes will continue, but rather to give the club more versatility.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:31:24 -0800
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) said Wednesday, Dec. 4, that he feels physically and mentally over last winter's shoulder operation.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:35:45 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman has been playing fine at third base, and he isn't ready to say that he needs to make a position switch. He has committed 21 errors this season and earlier this year lacked confidence to play the position effectively due to his shoulder problems from the past. Zimmerman has recovered in the second half of the season, although whether he moves to first base next season won't be entirely up to him. His arm strength has increased as the season has gone on. Zimmerman also thinks a normal offseason routing will help his throwing motion and arm strength this offseason; he plans on taking a month off before lifting weights in January in order to give him full range of motion with his shoulder.
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:08:39 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) revealed that his shoulder probably won't be completely normal until the offseason, but it doesn't cause him any pain when he's swinging. Washington could give him more days off in the second half of the season to keep him as healthy as possible.
Fantasy Tip: This shouldn't affect Zimmerman's fantasy value, since it's not affecting his swing at all, at least not yet. As always, check to see if he's in the starting lineup on a daily basis, though.