July 13, 2009
Ryan Zimmerman can be looked at as one of the few bright spots on a struggling Washington Nationals team. Zimmerman has performed all season, and is now in St. Louis, where he will take the field Tuesday in his first career All-Star Game.
The former Cavalier is on the National League roster as a reserve. He will not start the game, but is expected to see some playing time in the event.
Zimmerman enjoyed a career first half. He ranks sixth on the Washington roster with a .288 batting average, and also has the club's most at-bats. He ranks first on the team with 22 doubles and 58 runs, and second with 14 home runs and 52 RBI.
The Nationals hope that Zimmerman's numbers are contagious. At the All-Star break, they are a major league worst 26-61, and just relieved manager Manny Acta of duties late Sunday night.