Now we must turn our attention to something else: OH CRAP, THE FRANCHISE PLAYER IS HURT!
The Nationals placed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list on Monday because of a slightly torn labrum in his left shoulder and are expected to recall infielder/outfielder Kory Casto from Triple-A Columbus.I'm no doctor, but I do know how to panic. A torn labrum is serious business, although it's in his non-throwing shoulder, and is only slightly torn (like Hillary Clinton is only slightly a woman). Hopefully Shaffer's "rest and anti-inflammatory" plan (OUR FRANCHISE PLAYER IS FLAMMABLE?!? OR INFLAMMABLE?!? EEK!) will heal him soon, because he is about the only reason to go to the ballpark on some nights.
Dr. Benjamin Shaffer, Washington's orthopedist, advocated rest and anti-inflammatory medications for Zimmerman. However, the Nationals are consulting with Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala., Reds orthopedist Dr. Timothy Kremchek and Dr. Robert Cofield of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to determine if surgery is necessary. The club sent Zimmerman's MRI via Federal Express to the doctors on Monday.