Nationals 7, Padres 2:: An MRI exam showed that Ryan Zimmerman’s bum shoulder isn’t as damaged as originally feared, but the Nationals still might place him on the 15-day disabled list, the Post reported yesterday. But while they might be missing Zimmerman’s bat, they can rely plenty on the whip-fast arm of Jordan Zimmermann. The 27-year-old right-hander gave up one run on four hits in six innings, striking out six Padres while not allowing any walks. And Adam LaRoche continued to heat up, notching three hits to raise his batting average to .313.
If Zimmerman goes on the DL, the earliest he could return would be on May 6 against the Phillies. But with an National League-best record of 14-4, the Nats have done plenty well without Zimmerman for the past few days and Michael Morse for the indeterminate future.
WIzards 96, Cavaliers 85: Just as the season winds down, the Wizards are continuing to heat up. Nothing like showing some flash after you’ve clinched the second-worst record in the NBA. The win over the Cavaliers, led by John Wall’s 21 points and 13 assists, gave the Wizards their first five-game winning streak in five seasons. Quite the denouement for the squad that began the lockout-shortened season 0-12. But what better test for the league’s second-worst team than a matchup against it’s third-worst. The Cavaliers benched Kyrie Irving, the odds-on favorite for rookie of the year, for all but 10 minutes last night.
But it seems like it should be a bit discomfiting to see the Wizards appearing so, in the words of the Post, “comfortable” as another largely disappointing season comes to a finish. They’ve even got a shot against the Miami Heat in the season-ender tonight, as the star power of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh will likely sit out and rest up for the playoffs. The Wizards, meanwhile, are destined for one of the first four picks of this year’s NBA Draft. So what’s the locker room chit-chat these days?
Blue jeans, the Post reports. Wall, last night’s top performer, chided rookie guard Shelvin Mack for his economical taste in denim: “What kind of jeans you wearing, Wrangler? You got those Brett Favres on.”