After concern about a more serious injury, Nationals' third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has received good news on his MRI results.
The results showed there is no significant damage to his shoulder, but he does have inflammation of the AC joint in his shoulder.
According to the Washington Post, Zimmerman felt "peace of mind" after getting the results of his MRI exam.
“I think the important thing is there’s nothing wrong with my shoulder,” Ryan Zimmerman told the Post.
“That was good news. I don’t think anyone really thought there was going to be anything wrong, but just to get it done and have proof that there is nothing wrong is peace of mind. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out the combination to get it to relax and once that’s fine then I’ll be able to play," he had said.
Zimmerman has been out of the team's lineup since Apr. 20. Since then, he's been resting the shoulder and had also received a cortisone shot on Saturday.
Reports indicate the third baseman may go on the disabled list for a brief period (retroactive to Apr. 20) before getting back into the game. He had some notable diving plays recently, such as this one against the Houston Astros'; one of several impressive plays he's made this season.
A short-lived break is good news for the Nationals and the team's fans. Already power hitter Michael Morse and closer Drew Storen are currently on the disabled list and, without Zimmerman in the lineup for the long-term, this would have an impact. Recently, the Nats have enjoyed a great start to the 2012 season.
The Bleacher Report had noted, "What's most impressive is that the Nationals have done this despite dealing with several injuries since spring training." Yet, despite this setback, the team has had a great win-record, currently leading their division, and overall winning percentage in the National League as April comes to a close.
According to ESPN, Zimmerman is expected to take some swings with the bat today and see how the shoulder feels.
The break is seemingly expected to be short, missing only a few games. If all goes well, Zimmerman may even be able to start at the home game against the Phillies on May 6.