Sep 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) at bat against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals consider playing Ryan Zimmerman in outfield

In ten Major League seasons, Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has only played one game away from the hot corner.

On that 2005 day, Zimmerman lined up at shortstop for nine innings but outside of the occasional designated hitter assignments, Zimmerman has never played another position (sans that one appearance).

That may change in the near future as for the second consecutive day, the Washington Nationals had Zimmerman taking defensive practice in the outfield and team officials are exploring the idea of the veteran playing left field.

The Nationals are not saying anything publicly about a potential position change for Zimmerman, and no final decision has been reached. Internally, though, officials and coaches have discussed and considered the idea of Zimmerman – a former Gold Glove third baseman in the first year of a six-year, $100 million contract extension – playing left field.

Zimmerman is still not completely healthy, though should be making a hopeful return in the near future. Playing in the outfield would allow the Nationals to keep both Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa in the lineup, so it’s certainly within reason to believe the veteran could find some time in the outfield moving forward.

Denard Span figures to be the most likely candidate to lose playing time, especially once Bryce Harper returns.

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