Ryan Zimmerman's oblique issue a 'non-factor'
Wednesday, March 9, 2011; 9:11 AM
The Nationals are rolling out of Viera, headed to Jupiter for today's game against the Marlins. Ryan Zimmerman will be staying behind, sitting out his third straight game as he waits for his slightly hurt oblique muscle to fully heal. Zimmerman is not concerned in the least. The ailment is a "non-factor," Zimmerman said, and "if it was the regular season, I would have played every single day." Last year, Zimmerman missed the final two weeks of the season with an oblique injury. This latest tweak is not the same kind of injury, nor is it in the same spot. "It's not anything close to that," Zimmerman said. "It's really a non-factor." Not sure on a lineup for the game yet, but these are the position players - including Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth - making the trip to Jupiter: Jesus Flores Ivan Rodriguez Jhonathan Solano Michael Aubrey Brian Bixler Alex Cora Danny Espinosa Alberto Gonzalez Adam LaRoche Chris Marrero Roger Bernadina Jeff Frazier Bryce Harper Michael Morse Laynce Nix Matt Stairs Jonathan Van Every Jayson Werth Stephen Lombardozzi (extra player from minor league camp) *It looks like Werth is not heading to Jupiter. He was on the list to go, but he's still here in Viera as the bus is already gone. Not sure what the deal is there. My guess is it's no big thing. Something to check in Jupiter. And these are the traveling pitchers: Jason Marquis (starter) Craig Stammen Todd Coffey Doug Slaten Josh Wilkie Ryan Mattheus Tim Wood Brad Peacock (extra player from minor league camp)