Nats place Ryan Zimmerman on DL

After missing 44 games this season to a fractured thumb, the Washington Nationals have again placed 3B Ryan Zimmerman on the MLB disabled list.   This time Zim goes to the DL with a strained hamstring.  Zimmerman injured his hamstring last night in the sixth inning when he drove in a run on a ground ball.  After passing and stepping on first base, Zimmerman instantly felt discomfort and needed assistance down dugout steps.   It is unclear how long Zimmerman will be out.  He is to have an MRI today.

Replacing Zimmerman on the roster will be 3B Zach Walters from AAA Syracuse.   Walters has been a top prospect for the Nats and has shined this season at Syracuse.  In 60 games at AAA, Walters is batting .300 with 18 doubles, 5 triples, and 15 home runs.   He also has a .608 slugging percentage and a .358 on base percentage.  He has driven in 48 runs and scored 38 runs.   Walters also briefly played in Washington this season during Zimmerman’s first DL stint.   In 27 games with the Nationals, Walters batted .182 and hit 3 homes runs and drove in 4 runs.