Nationals look close to normal as Strasburg, Zimmerman return

Chris Lingebach
July 20, 2018 - 4:12 pm
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The Nationals roster is finally beginning to look normal 96 games into the 2018 season.

Stephen Strasburg returned from the 10-day disabled list, and Ryan Zimmerman from the 60-day, after missing considerable time with injuries. The Nationals also optioned right-handed pitcher Wander Suero to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, and last Sunday optioned right-handed reliever Trevor Gott to Syracuse.

Strasburg – who's 6-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 starts – was originally placed on the DL with right shoulder inflammation on June 10.

Zimmerman, placed on the 10-day DL with a strained right oblique on May 12 (retroactive to May 10), was later transferred to the 60-day DL on June 30. The 33-year-old first baseman is hitting .217 with three doubles, two triples, five home runs and 16 RBI through 33 games in 2018.

The Nationals return from the All-Star break by opening a three-game series against the team immediately in front of them, the second-place Braves, who hold a five-game lead over Washington in the NL East.

The Nats now have now returned nearly all the missing pieces from their optimal lineup as they prepare for a three-dog fight in the division over their final 66 regular-season games. Closer Sean Doolittle, placed on the 10-day DL with a pinched nerve in his left foot on July 10 (retroactive to July 7), is the last missing piece.

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