This was not the news the Nationals needed. Ben Goessling of MASN has the full word, but yesterday’s absence in the lineup in New York appears to be the tip of the iceberg for the face of the Nationals’ franchise. Without Zim, the Nats are going with Alex Cora and Jerry Hairston Jr. in the position, which is sorta like bringing in Jay Leno to fill in for Conan O’Brien, it just doesn’t look right.
The injury is one that Zimmerman sustained during Spring Training, and then aggravated during a slide on Saturday night in New York. The placement will be retroactive to yesterday, which means he’s eligible to come off on the 25th of May. I’m sure there’s an Easter joke in here somewhere.
A little more on Zim vs. Cora/Hairston. Here’s their 2010 lines:
Zim: 142 OPS+, .899 OPS, 7.2 WAR, 13.7 UZR
Cora: 49 OPS+, .544 OPS, -0.5 WAR, -1.2 UZR
Hairston: 83 OPS+, .652 OPS, 1.9 WAR, 8.0 UZR
Paging Alberto Gonzalez?