Ryan Zimmerman could switch to first base, after struggles at third

Aug 3, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman throws out Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (not pictured) in the 9th inning at Miller Park. The Nationals beat the Brewers 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals skipper Davey Johnson said after Tuesday’s game that Ryan Zimmerman’s struggles at third base, could lead him to switching to first base.

Zimmerman’s throwing has been an issue following off-season shoulder surgery and Johnson thinks that move to first base could benefit him if he doesn’t improve.

“I knew it was going to take until June, but obviously it’s taken longer. It’s more about him, if you see him throw early, he throws deeper and throws the ball on line. But I don’t know if it’s physical or mental. Because I see him throw-pretty good and in the game he’ll want to get a lot of air under it. If that doesn’t get any better, then obviously it’s not a good spot for him to be in. But at one time, he had a cannon. And we’re all waiting for him to come back and get over it.” Johnson told the Washington Post

Right now the Washington Nationals have first baseman Adam LaRoche under contract for $14 million next season, if the Nationals choose to switch Zimmerman from third to first, that could lead LaRoche in the near future.

This will be an interesting decision.

Topics: Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

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