For the second time this season, the Washington Nationals have placed Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain.
Zimmerman, 29, missed 44 games earlier this season with a fractured thumb but has played well since returning to the lineup on June 3. The Nationals shifted Zimmerman to left field from his third base position when he was activated in June.
Infielder Zach Walters was called up from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League to take Zimmerman’s spot on the roster while he recovers from his second injury of the season.
Zimmerman left Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning after hitting the first-base bag awkwardly while trying to beat out a a ground ball. He is hitting .282 with five home runs and 36 runs batted in through 53 games and 195 at-bats this season.
He was hitting .239 as recently as June 23 so hit hot bat will be missed in the Nationals lineup. He was hitting .362 and a .987 OPS in July with 16 runs batted in.
Nationals manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman underwent an MRI on Wednesday and is still “pretty sore” and is something that the club will have to deal with as they attempt to hold off the Atlanta Braves and maintain their spot atop the National League East standings.
The results of the MRI have not been released so it remains to be seen if Zimmerman will be able to return as soon as the 15 days are up on his time on the disabled list or if this is an injury that could keep him out longer than the minimum.