By Geoff Bloom Of Beondeck.com and the RHLReport.com
Ryan Zimmerman’s slow start to the season left many wondering if this would be another injury riddled season for the third baseman. Recently, Zimmerman’s right shoulder was causing him so much pain that a trip to the disabled list seemed imminent. So, naturally, the third baseman then proceeded to put together his best week of the season. After receiving a cortisone shot prior to last Sunday’s game, Zimmerman has hit .378 with three homers and 13 RBI over the next six games. He’s hit three home runs in the last six games after managing just one over the previous 30 games. On Sunday, Zimmerman carried the Nationals, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a double, a solo home run, and four RBI in a victory over the Braves. It’s obvious that the cortisone injection has done its job for the Zimmerman, but how will he play once the shot wears off.
In other fantasy news…..
- Brian Matusz was rocked for five runs on seven hits over four innings against the Indians Sunday. Immediately, Matusz was optioned to Triple-A Norfolkafter the game.
- Andrew McCutchen (wrist) didn’t play Sunday, but his wrist ailment is considered minorand he should be back in the lineup in a couple of days.
- Will Middlebrooks injured his left hamstringon Sunday. Its not known how long Middlebrooks will be out. We’ll find out more over the next couple days.
- Joey Votto sat out Sunday’s game after leaving Saturday with knee inflammation. He’s considered day-to-day.
- Lonnie Chisenhall is expected to be sidelined 10-12 weeksfollowing surgery to repair a broken bone in his right forearm.
- Ben Sheets signed a minor league deal with the Braves and could join their rotation in a couple weeks if he does well in the minors. Mike Minor and Randall Delgadowill be one of the guys to lose his spot in the rotation.
- Anthony Rizzowent 1-for-4, but hit the go-ahead RBI single against the Astros on Sunday. Rizzo has knocked in the go-ahead run three times in his first week with the Cubs.
- Jose Altuve(hamstring) returned to action Sunday, going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in the leadoff spot.
- Yasmani Grandal was recalled from Triple-A on Friday and promptly made history by hitting two home runs on Saturday. He followed it up with an 0-for-4 on Sunday, but look for Grandal to provide solid offensive numbers the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Nick Hundley was sent to Triple-Aafter a dismal offensive start to the season.
- The Dodgers rescinded their trade offer for Carlos Lee on Sunday. Basically, Lee told the Astros he did not want to go, which I struggle to understand. I respect the fact that family is important, but how does a player in the final year of a contract not want to put themselves in a better position to win a World Series.