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Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 07/23/2012

Ryan Zimmerman named National League player of the week

(Cliff Owen - AP)
Ryan Zimmerman was named the National League player of the week today after he continued the blistering offensive stretch that began when he received a cortisone shot on his aching right shoulder. Last week, Zimmerman went 15 for 30 with five home runs and nine RBIs.

Zimmerman is a leading candidate for player of the month, too. In July, Zimmerman is hitting .414 with a .481 on-base percentage, an .886 slugging percentage and nine home runs. Andrew McCutchen, who’s hitting .484 this month, and Jason Kubel, who has 10 home runs and a .980 slugging percentage, are also strong candidates.

Despite a horrific slump that dragged into June, Zimmerman is now hitting .273 with an .801 OPS on the season, which ranks third on the Nationals. Zimmerman’s season turned on June 24, the day he received a cortisone shot in his shoulder hours before first pitch in Baltimore. Since then, Zimmerman has hit .392/.451/.804 in 113 plate appearances.

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