Burning Fantasy Baseball Questions: Washington Nationals

by Tim Heaney on January 15, 2013 @ 09:47:32 PDT


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What's the latest on Ryan Zimmerman?

His bothersome right shoulder periodically stripped him of his power and impeded his ability to throw from third base. October arthroscopic surgery repaired the nearly closed AC joint. Luckily, he had only minor fraying in his labrum and rotator cuff, along with a bone spur that needed some shaving. A flub-free rehab should put him on track for spring training.

Ramifications from shoulder surgery often linger, though. Zimmerman needed four cortisone shots to deal with the pain during the season. The injection he took in June, his first, led to a shot of studly performance. It was his elixir, and with such quick fixes, becoming addicted, so to speak, often follows.

The long-term effects of cortisone overload cast a shadow over his 25-homer, 90-RBI, .280-BA line. Third base is deep enough this year that if any warning signs pop up in February or March, you may want to avoid him altogether, or at least at his price in the top hot-corner tier. Even if he coasts through tune-ups, he may still start slow, as we've seen with numerous shoulder-marred sluggers over the years, including Adrian Gonzalez.

What's Rafael Soriano's outlook?

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