On the day Ryan Zimmerman will return to the Nationals’ lineup, the team has a handful of other injury issues to keep track of. Here is a rundown of a few of them:
* Adam LaRoche met with general manager Mike Rizzo, manager Jim Riggleman and trainer Lee Kuntz this afternoon for an update on the first baseman’s torn labrum in his left shoulder. The Nationals didn’t have results of that meeting before the game, but we should know more by the end of the night. “If they say they need to give it more time, that’s fine,” Riggleman said. “If they say we’ve gotten great improvement, that’d be really good news. But if they say it needs surgery, that’s what we’ll do.”
* Tom Gorzelanny, who made a rehab start at Triple-A Syracuse last night, said he feels good enough to rejoin the Nationals’ rotation the next time through the schedule. Riggleman, though, said the Nationals are still discussing whether Gorzelanny will make another rehab start before coming back, or if he’ll pitch in the majors this weekend against the Orioles.
* Cole Kimball had a cortisone shot in his shoulder yesterday, and a MRI showed inflammation, but no structural damage, in his right shoulder. Kimball said there was about a quarter-sized inflammation near his rotator cuff, but the shot should help calm it down. He expected he’d need a rehab assignment at some point and could miss a couple more weeks, but thought his absence would be a matter of weeks, not months.
* Roger Bernadina gets another day off to rest his sore left hamstring, with a left-handed pitcher on the mound for the Cardinals. The move also gives the Nationals a way to get Jerry Hairston Jr. in the lineup in left field; playing time will be scarcer for him, now that Ryan Zimmerman is back.