First baseman Ryan Zimmerman has struggled with injuries for the majority of the season, but the Washington Nationals have no intentions of shutting him down despite possessing a longshot to make the postseason.
Zimmerman, who has most recently been dealing with soreness in his left oblique, remains unable to swing a bat as of Monday.
"No, not yet," manager Matt Williams updated of Zimmerman’s condition. "We were thinking about it over the weekend. And he’s still got some pain in there. So, we got to make sure we get that out of there before we even think about swinging again, so next couple of days hopefully. We’ll tentatively say that’s the plan."
Williams said the team hopes its first baseman will return soon.
"We got to make sure that we do everything that we can to strength wise, he’s doing a lot of core work, a lot of rotational work, just not swinging the bat yet," Williams said. "Hopefully in the next couple of days [he’ll swing the bat]."
In addition to his recent oblique injury, Zimmerman has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot throughout the season.
Although there is still an outside chance the Nationals could make the playoffs, it’s highly unlikely they’ll play October baseball this season, as they remain six games behind the New York Mets in the NL East with 13 games remaining and an elimination number of eight.
Nonetheless, the Nats have no plans to shut down Zimmerman for the remainder of the season to prevent his injuries from flaring up in what will likely be meaningless games as it concerns the postseason.
"No, we can’t think that way at this point," Williams said. "If we have a healthy Zim, then we are fortunate and we are better off. He’s pushing as hard as he can and so are we."