November 13, 2007
Nationals' Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman had a follow up operation on his left wrist today to remove blood build up from that wrist. The former Cavaliers' original projected recovery time of four to six weeks is not expected to be changed.
Zimmerman had the first operation to remove his hamate bone last Wednesday, and had noticed numbness in the tips of his fingers and significant swelling in the wrist since then. He was diagnosed with a small hematoma, which was corrected during today's procedure.
Considered by many to be the face of the Nationals' franchise, Zimmerman says he has been having problems with the wrist since 2005, but the discomfort was not severe enough to miss any playing time. In fact, he played in all 162 games in 2007. The former Virginia star has led the team in RBI in his first two full seasons in the Major Leagues.
Zimmerman fractured the hamate bone in his left wrist while taking batting practice on November 4, and had the surgery to remove the bone four days later. Last season he hit .266 with 24 home runs and 91 RBI.