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Ryan Zimmerman leaves game after pick-off at second

Ryan Zimmerman (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Ryan Zimmerman (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: Ryan Zimmerman suffered a fractured right thumb, jamming it on the bag when diving back on the pick-off at second in the fifth inning, Manager Matt Williams said. The third baseman will be out four to six weeks. The Nationals lineup is dealt another blow.

UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Ryan Zimmerman left Saturday’s Nationals-Braves game in the fifth inning after appearing to jam and bloody a finger on his right hand after diving back to second base on a pickoff attempt. He was called out on the play.

As Zimmerman took a lead while Adam LaRoche was batting, shortstop Andrelton Simmons raced behind him. Left-handed starter Alex Wood spun and threw. Simmons tagged Zimmerman, whose right hand reached out toward the bag. Fans booed as he got up slowly, his right arm hanging by his side. Replays showed what appeared to be blood on his right thumb.

Zimmerman was met by a trainer in the dugout. He was replaced in the bottom half of the inning by Anthony Rendon at third and Danny Espinosa took over at second.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010, wrote about high school sports across the region for two years and has covered the Nationals since the middle of the 2012 season.
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