Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Could Zimmerman land at first?
By Doug Mittler
Ryan Zimmerman was dealing with a balky left hamstring for a few days before the Washington Nationals decided to place the third baseman on the disabled list.
The corresponding move was an aggressive one: promoting top prospect Anthony Rendon, who was 0-for-4 in his big league debut Sunday against the New York Mets, Manager Davey Johnson has already said he plans to play Rendon regularly while Zimmerman is out -- likely for only the minimum 15 days. Rendon, the Nat's first-round pick in 2011 (No. 6 overall), was hitting .292/.462/.500 at Double-A after a promising showing during spring training in big league camp.
The Nats are stacked at the hot corner, even if there are some defensive concerns regarding Zimmerman, who recently made four throwing errors in a five-game span. Those throwing issues may force the Nationals to move Zimmerman to first base at some point, says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
The Nationals signed Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $24 million deal this past winter, so a switch to first base is not happening in the immediate future. But a position change is one way to find an opening for Rendon, although plenty can happen between now and the end of next season.