Manager Davey Johnson had been trying for a while to find a day off for Ryan Zimmerman, who has played in all 65 games for the Nationals since he returned from abdominal surgery, starting 64 of them. With an off day tomorrow, today made sense. Zimmerman said he feels fine and has no specific physical ailment, but understood Johnson’s desire to get him rest.
“It’s just part of it,” Zimmerman said. “Physically, health-wise, I’m perfectly fine. He said he’d just been looking to get me a day for a while. We couldn’t really find a day, and today worked out good because we had tomorrow off. He wanted to give me a day, so I’ll take these two days and I’ll be good to go for the rest of the year.”
Johnson thought Zimmerman had been “dragging” lately. After he began August on a tear, hitting .385/.430/.628 over the month’s 20 games, he’s gone 1 for his last 17. In Cincinnati, he’s 0 for 9 with five strikeouts. Zimmerman, though, said he does not feel tired.
“Just got dominated the last two games,” he said with a chucke. “That’s it.”