Is DL-bound Zimmerman the next Rolen? 

April, 12, 2011
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When Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman burst onto the major league scene late in the 2005 season, only a few months after being the fourth pick of the amateur draft, people compared him to Scott Rolen because of his power potential, defensive prowess, leadership skills, the entire package.

Seven seasons later, Zimmerman has been a successful professional, hitting for average and power and winning a Gold Glove. However, he appears to have something else in common with Rolen, and this one isn't such a positive: Zimmerman has had some issues staying on the field. The Nationals intended to place their third baseman on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of an abdominal strain, one which was supposed to keep Zimmerman out just a few days, but now will take a few weeks.

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Mark Goldman/Icon SMIRyan Zimmerman finished fifth on the Player Rater among third basemen in 2010.
Few can complain about Zimmerman's production; he's hitting .357 with a home run and four RBIs, five runs scored and has walked more than he has struck out. He was playing well. But this will be the third time in six seasons that he will not play a full season. Zimmerman missed 20 games last year because of various nagging injuries and missed 56 games in 2008, most of them because of a labrum tear in his shoulder.

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