Injury Updates: Hairston To DL, Zimmerman’s Status Uncertain

The Washington Nationals had some new injury news before the series finale against the Atlanta Braves this afternoon, which resulted in an incredibly funky lineup as the Nats try to avoid the sweep at the hands of their chief rivals.

The team officially announced that Scott Hairston had landed on the disabled list with an oblique injury and recalled first baseman Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse. Hairston has landed on the disabled list three other times in his career due to an oblique issue, most recently during 2012 spring training, according to Baseball Prospectus. The Nats will have to rely on Moore off of the bench for at least the next couple weeks, and we’ll probably see him mostly against left-handed pitchers, filling the same role as Hairston.

As for Ryan Zimmerman, on Saturday evening, he left the game after committing an error by air mailing a throw over Adam LaRoche at first base, and manager Matt Williams said after the game that Zimmerman had some shoulder pain after the throw. He’s not in today’s lineup, but he did have an MRI on the shoulder. If he does end up on the disabled list, it will be the fourth consecutive April that he’s missed at least two weeks of action due to an injury. Zimmerman had surgery on his shoulder in October 2012.

Below are some tweets about Zimmerman from the pre-game interviews from Chase Hughes of CSN Washington:

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