Zimmerman out of Nats lineup again

Zimmerman out of Nats lineup again
April 24, 2012, 10:32 pm
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So much for Ryan Zimmerman having no doubts about his ability to return to play tonight. The star third baseman is not in the Nationals' lineup for their series opener against the Padres, apparently still bothered by the right shoulder inflammation that kept him from playing Saturday. Zim insisted the following day the injury was "nothing" and that he'd be good to go for the start of this West Coast trip. Obviously, that's not the case, which can't be considered good news for anyone. He is scheduled to have an MRI on his right shoulder tomorrow.

Steve Lombardozzi will instead start at third base tonight, with Mark DeRosa again taking Zimmerman's regular No. 3 spot in the lineup (though DeRosa will play right field, with Jayson Werth sliding over to center field because the Nationals are facing a left-hander in Clayton Richard).

Gio Gonzalez, makes his fourth start of the season, hoping to benefit from Petco Park's spacious gaps (not to mention a Padres lineup hitting a collective .214 so far this season).

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN DIEGO PADRES
Where: Petco Park
Gametime: 10:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 189
Weather: Cloudy, 64 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (12-4)
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Mark DeRosa
CF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Xavier Nady
C Wilson Ramos
3B Steve Lombardozzi
LHP Gio Gonzalez

PADRES (5-12)
LF Chris Denorfia
RF Max Venable
3B Chase Headley
C Nick Hundley
CF Cameron Maybin
2B Orlando Hudson
1B Yonder Alonso
SS Jason Bartlett
LHP Clayton Richard