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Ryan Zimmerman returns from the DL, making first career start in left field

Ryan Zimmerman shagging flyballs in left field in May. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As expected, the Nationals officially reinstated Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list before Tuesday’s game, and he will play left field in  the majors for the first time in his career. Zimmerman has missed the past 44 games with a broken left thumb, which he broke on April 12 diving back to second base on a pickoff. Zimmerman went 5 for 14 in four rehab games with Class A Potomac, three of which he played left field.

Zimmerman’s start in left field Tuesday night was expected, too. After 10 years of manning third base for the Nationals, one of the most recognizable faces of the franchise officially begins his transition to a new position against the Philadelphia Phillies. The move has many implications for the Nationals’ future.

Nationals beat writer Adam Kilgore talks about whether Ryan Zimmerman will eventually return to third base when he rejoins the team. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)


To make room for Zimmerman, the Nationals optioned first baseman-outfielder Tyler Moore to Class AAA Syracuse. Moore went 9-for-40 in this latest stint with the Nationals. He was hitting .214 overall on the season with three home runs.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 3B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ryan Zimmerman, LF

6. Wilson Ramos, C

7. Ian Desmond, SS

8. Danny Espinosa, 2B

9. Jordan Zimmermann, SP


1. Jimmy Rollins, SS

2. Chase Utley, 2B

3. Marlon Byrd, RF

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. Carlos Ruiz, 2

6. Domonic Brown,

7. Reid Brignac, 3B

8. Ben Revere, CF

9. David Buchanan, SP

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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