Zimmerman is hitting .288 with a 1.023 OPS, 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 35 games since his return from the DL.

Harper left the game in the fourth inning with an injury, the team said.

And Mike Rizzo and Matt Williams explain why only one pitcher was called up on Sept. 1.



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