Mar 5, 2014; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) makes a bare handed play against the New York Mets in spring training action at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman has ‘arthritic’ shoulder

The ever evolving case of Ryan Zimmerman’s shoulder continues.

The third baseman’s manager, Matt Williams, went on 106.7 The Fan out of Washington, D.C. to talk to Nationals’ fans. The issue of Zimmerman’s continuing arm problems for two years came up, and Williams answered with an interesting diagnosis. Zimmerman, apparently, has an ‘arthritic shoulder.’

…the fact of the matter is, Ryan’s got an arthritic shoulder. It gives him problems, and sometimes it’s tough on him. So we’ve started to do some things at first base, with him, where we can give him a break sometimes, in that regard, so he can go play first; he enjoys playing first; we did a little bit at spring training, worked hard at the position, and he enjoys it over there. …do I see him moving to first? Yeah, from time to time, but I would like him to be our third baseman for a long time.

Zimmerman’s shoulder problems have been an issue for a while and he sat out Sunday’s finale against the Braves. He did make a pinch-hitting appearance late in the game in the pitcher’s spot, but struck out.

Tags: Washington Nationals