Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams has admitted Ryan Zimmerman is suffering with an inflammation of the right shoulder which could be arthritic.
Zimmerman is a long-term sufferer with injury after playing with pain for the whole of the 2013 season and had surgery which made him miss a large part of the 2012 season. But a recent MRI scan showed there was no tear in his right shoulder.
Zimmerman has already come under close scrutiny this season after two throwing mistakes. His most recent mishap cost the Nationals a two runs in their 6-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
The 29-year-old, who has spent his whole career at Washington, also made 16 throwing errors last year and 12 in 2012 from third base. These mounting problems have put pressure on manager Williams to shift Zimmerman to first base to give him a rest.
Williams said to 'The Fan': “It gives him problems and sometimes it is tough on him. So we have started to do some things at first base with him, where we can give him a break sometimes.
“He enjoys playing first. We did a little bit at Spring Training and he worked hard and enjoyed it over there.”
The National’s manager sees the transformation from third to first as a positive move for Zimmerman and the team. Williams explained it gives him more options and when Zimmerman is struggling with his shoulder a needs a rest he can be switched.
But Williams insisted he wants Zimmerman as his third baseman whenever possible.
He added: “I would like him to be our third baseman for a long time. We have to take into account his shoulder too and that is a concern. It is a concern of his and it is a concern of everybody else. We are going to have to give him a break sometimes.”
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