Ryan Zimmerman will sit out Nationals’ next two games

(David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

(David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has not thrown for the past two days and will sit out the Nationals’ next two games with soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder. Though the soreness initially worried Zimmerman, he believes he could play if he experienced the pain during the season and that the problem will dissipate in a matter of days.

“Nothing bad, but just typical spring training stuff,” Zimmerman said. “You don’t take groundballs and do stuff for a while, then take a ton of groundballs and do stuff. It just gets a little sore. It’s fine. We’re got 2½, three weeks left. We’ve got plenty of time.”

Zimmerman, who this spring is also transitioning for a part-time role at first base, last appeared in a game Monday. He plans to return to game action Saturday and will throw again either today or tomorrow.

Zimmerman underwent surgery to repair his inflamed AC joint and fraying in his labrum and rotator cuff in November 2012. The recovery caused erratic throwing early last season, which he conquered in the final two months of the season.

“At first you’re concerned, because you don’t want anything to hurt,” Zimmerman said. “Once every day it starts to feel better, you realize it’s just soreness and not anything structural. At first, you’re always nervous, especially when you had something repaired. It’s okay.

“It feels good enough to play now. Because we’re afforded with the time we have now, we should just give it one or two more days to make sure it’s completely out of there. You can do that down here. Regular season, it would be a different story.”

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