Zimmerman could miss several days

NEW YORK | Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman left Saturday’s win over the Mets in the sixth inning with tightness in his left hamstring, sitting out the last three innings as a precautionary move to rest an injury he said had been bugging him for several days. Zimmerman could miss a few days, though he said he’d wait to see how he feels tomorrow.

“It’s nothing major,” Zimmerman said. “It tightened up a little bit today. Riggs (manager Jim Riggleman) thought it’d be a better idea to make sure we got it right earlier in the season instead of trying to battle through it for an extended period of time. We’ll see what it feels like tomorrow, and I’ll have a better idea then.”

Zimmerman said his hamstring “acted up” during the game on Saturday. It wasn’t helped by a couple of ground balls he had to charge, but he said he could play through it if he had to.

“I kind of talked to him about not playing the game at all today, and he said, ‘No, I want to give it a shot,’” Riggleman said. “I’m just afraid he’s going to hit a ground ball and bust down the line and really pull it.”

The Nationals are off on Tuesday, so it’s possible Zimmerman will sit until then, missing tomorrow’s series finale against the Mets and Monday’s game in Philadelphia.

“Hopefully, it’ll be better for me and for the team, and in a few days, we’ll forget it ever happened,” he said.

Riggleman also said he would wait until tomorrow to send a player to the minors and make room for Livan Hernandez, who will pitch tomorrow’s game. After the Nationals’ 4-3 win over the Mets on Saturday, Riggleman said he didn’t want to disrupt the mood in the clubhouse by giving a player bad news.

“We just don’t feel like doing it right now, to tell you the truth,” Riggleman said. “We don’t want to have any negative vibes in here after a win like that, and we’re just going to announce it tomorrow.”