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Zimmerman lands on DL, minor league bat called up

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Zimmerman lands on DL, minor league bat called up

The Nationals have placed first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis and recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.

Zimmerman missed Sunday and Wednesday's games, as he rested during an extended slump. He has been dealing with pain in his left foot since mid-April.

Zimmerman, 30, is hitting just .209 with a .265 on-base percentage. He has a .611 OPS through 56 games this season, the lowest of his career.

Before sitting out Sunday's game against the Cubs, Zimmerman spoke about the injury and said he thought he would be able to play through it.

"That's no excuse. If it was at a point to where it was hindering me, then I shouldn’t play.”

Zimmerman joins teammates Jayson Werth, Stephen Strasburg and Doug Fister on the disabled list. Craig Stammen was also lost for the season with a forearm injury back in April. The team has missed Anthony Rendon for the first third of the year and outfielder Reed Johnson has been injured, as well.

Tyler Moore will likely fill in while Zimmerman is out. Moore is batting .181 with three homers and 10 RBI through 40 games this season.

den Dekker made the team's Opening Day roster, but has appeared in just four MLB games this season.

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Stephen Strasburg makes history at the plate against Atlanta

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Stephen Strasburg makes history at the plate against Atlanta

Stephen Strasburg had the best hitting performance of his career against the Braves Thursday night, going 3-3 at the plate with two singles and a 420-foot three-run bomb. 

He didn't just set personal records but reached rare air in baseball history. He's the second pitcher ever with at least three hits, a HR, and five RBI since the DH debuted in 1973 and the fifth pitcher in the last 50 seasons to get two hits in an inning including a home run. 

Strasburg set franchise firsts with his performance, dating all the way back to the Expos. 

An extraordinary milestone for the Nationals' ace, hopefully Strasburg's performance will inspire the team during a crucial four-game series with Atlanta. 

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Nationals Roundup: Strasburg shines in Nationals' blowout of Braves

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Nationals Roundup: Strasburg shines in Nationals' blowout of Braves

In the first contest of a momentous four-game series, the Nationals trounced the Braves by a score of 13-4 behind Stephen Strasburg's historic performance. The Nationals improved to 51-44 and have the best record in baseball since May 24th

Here's the pertinent news to consider as the Nationals attempt to close the gap with division-leading Atlanta.  

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Stephen Strasburg was effective as usual on the mound, but his performance at the plate was all anyone could talk about. He went 3-3 with two singles and a 420-foot bomb, becoming the second pitcher since 1973 to record three hits, a HR, and five RBIs in a game. In addition, he tossed 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball and registered his NL-leading 12th win of the season. 

Adam Eaton opened the scoring with an RBI triple to plate Stephen Strasburg, the first of eight runs in the third inning. In 91 games, he's batting .283/.365/.391 with six home runs and 24 RBI as one of many unsung heroes of the Nationals' hot streak. 

Anthony Rendon went 3-5 on the day, knocking in Adam Eaton with a double to deep center to give the Nats a 2-1 lead in the third inning. In the five games since the All-Star game, Rendon is batting .421/.522/.579 with three doubles. 

Injuries:

SP Max Scherzer: Back, Expected to be out until at least Jul 20

RP Jonny Venters: Back, Expected to be out until at least Jul 18

SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Aug 25

RP Justin Miller: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 16

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, Expected to be out until at least Aug 7

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 17

Coming Up: 

Friday 7/19: Nationals at Braves, 7:20 p.m., SunTrust Park 

Saturday 7/20: Nationals at Braves, 7:20 p.m., SunTrust Park 

Sunday 7/21: Nationals at Braves, 7:05 p.m. SunTrust Park

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