Nationals RHP Odalis Perez left the mound early Tuesday night with pain in his left shoulder. According to MLB.com, he has been diagnosed with tendonitis, and will likely miss his next start. This comes as yet another blow to Washington, who already have Ryan Zimmerman, Ronnie Belliard, Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns, Paul Lo Duca, Johnny Estrada, and Chad Cordero on the Disabled List.
Big blow for the Nationals as Ryan Zimmerman takes a trip to the 15-day DL. Kory Casto will be called up in his place. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals have requested opinions on Zimmerman’s shoulder from several doctors, including Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Alabama. Doesn’t sound all that good for the Nationals’ franchise player.
Ryan Zimmerman is still day-to-day with a sore shoulder, and sat out his fourth-straight game today as the Nationals were defeated by the San Diego Padres by a score of 5-2. Aaron Boone has been an adequate replacement, but the Nationals are obviously missing one of their most dynamic players in the lineup.
Ryan Zimmerman was held out of the lineup tonight as the Nationals take on San Diego. Here’s what Zim said about his apparent shoulder injury, courtesy of Chico Harlan’s Nationals Journal:
“It’s just soreness. It’s been checked out, and they said there’s nothing structurally wrong with it. Basically just wait for [the soreness] to go away. I mean if I had to play today I probably could, but we’ve got the hottest guy playing. (A reference to Aaron Boone.) But no, it’s good. I think it just makes sense. There’s no reason to rush it. If it was August or September and we had made a move and were competing for something, there’s no doubt I would have played. But it’s kind of a risk-reward kind of thing. Do I really want to play now and risk hurting it more, or take two or three days and get it better and then have four months to play? So it just makes sense.”
Mark Kotsay missed a start tonight for the Braves with back pain and, according to Braves.com, might be placed on the DL. Kotsay, of course, has suffered from back pain many times in the past.
The Mets placed RHP Matt Wise on the DL today with right rotator cuff tendonitis, according to Mets.com. Taking his roster spot will be Carlos Muniz, the young closer for Triple-A New Orleans.
And, as reported earlier on NL Beast, Pat Burrell missed tonight’s start with apparent neck stifness.
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The Nationals Beast of the Week is…
RHP Joel Hanrahan. Joel had a phenomenal spring but suffered a rough start to the season. He’s been pitching very well of late, and had a great week for the Nationals, pitching 5.2 innings in 3 games, surrendering just one run on 3 hits, striking out 6 and walking one. His ERA for the week was 1.59, his WHIP was 0.71. Very impressive numbers for a pitcher who barely made the team in April.
Runners-Up: Lastings Milledge, Ryan Zimmerman, Luis Ayala
And the Nationals Least of the Week is…
2B Felipe Lopez. Look, it was a great story when Felipe won back his starting job at second base. But since then, he’s been extremely mediocre, to say the least. The former All Star hit .174 for the week, striking out 5 times. His OBP, extremely important for a leadoff man, was an awful .269. He doesn’t only deserve to be moved down in the lineup, he deserves to lose his starting job when Ronnie Belliard comes back from the DL.
Runners-down: Jesus Colome, Matt Chico, Dmitri Young
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NL Beast is really, really enjoying Ryan Zimmerman‘s blog. Here’s an excerpt from Zim’s latest post:
So I have to get it out that there is a new lady in my life. She has even been staying with me for the last week or so. It has been everything I had wished for and more. Although I don’t know if it will lead to marriage like my Washington sports counterpart Chris Cooley (congratulations by the way) I have to admit it is going quite well so far! So I figured she could make her world debut on this blog right here. Ok Ok there is no girl, well no girlfriend just the new English Bulldog I got. Jokingly named Miley after the young pop culture princess of today, Miley Cirus. She is all white with a brown ear and has already started tearing stuff up! Although she does act better than some girls I have hung out with. So that’s been the excitement in my life for the past week picking up poop and trying to mix a few wins and hits in at the same time!
According to MLB.com, Ryan Zimmerman hurt the shoulder after sliding into second base last week in Baltimore. He has been one of the team’s hottest hitters of late, hitting .364, .417, .500 in the last seven days, so obviously it isn’t affecting him too much, although his power is down of late.