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Ryan Zimmerman has been through many types of injuries and all of them are frustrating. Some have come on hustle plays where he put himself in harm's way to help his team. Some have persisted over time by no fault of his own.

This latest, though, this one is especially difficult to accept. After taking a fastball off his left wrist on Sunday, Zimmerman has landed on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist contusion. He's had an X-ray that came back clean. He had an MRI on Saturday morning that has shown no structural damage on initial reports.

Now all he can do is wait and try to accept the fact he's back on the DL for the second time in a month.

"It’s really frustrating. I think I’ve done a pretty good job trying to stay even-keel with it. I was talking with [my agent] last night, and I was pretty upset about this," Zimmerman said.

"It’s tough. The stuff I’ve gone through, I’m just getting tired of it. I’m sure everyone’s getting tired of it as well. It’s rough. It’s frustrating, upsetting. I want to be out there. I want to be part of this.”

Zimmerman, 31, still believes he has no fractures in his wrist. The only other test he can think of would be a CT scan, but the team hasn't prescribed one for him.

 

"Nothing with the tendon in there. Nothing structurally wrong. Just a severe bone bruise and obviously swelling. I guess there could always be one, but you never know," Zimmerman said.

For now, all Zimmerman can do is wait. Doctors have told him that trying to swing could make matters worse. They need the swelling to go down without any unnecessary activity to aggravate the injury.

Manager Dusty Baker and GM Mike Rizzo met with Zimmerman on Saturday afternoon and afterwards the skipper shared the advice he told his veteran first baseman.

"If you worry, it impedes God’s healing process by worrying too much and so I just told him to work on other parts of his body. Keep your legs strong and make your other arm strong and come back in better shape than when you left," Baker said.

Baker will rely on Clint Robinson and Daniel Murphy to hold down the fort at first base until Zimmerman can return, but Baker does not know when that will be. 

"Even if Zim comes back in a week, he hasn’t swung, so it will be like starting all over again," Baker said.

Zimmerman missed nearly three weeks in July with a left rib cage strain. Through 80 games this season he is batting .222 with 12 homers and 38 RBI.

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