Zimmerman insists shoulder, arm are fine

Zimmerman insists shoulder, arm are fine

PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said Sunday morning there is nothing wrong with his right shoulder or arm.

The question was raised after Zimmerman made two awkward sidearm throws that took first baseman Adam Dunn off the bag on Saturday against the Phillies. Those types of throws by Zimmerman have been a common occurrence for most of the season.

Manager Jim Riggleman isn't overly concerned about the way Zimmerman throws the ball either, but plans to talk to Zimmerman about it.

"As far as Ryan's throwing, I just think that he is getting his arm in a tough position to throw from," Riggleman said. "It's a conversation that we had before and we will have again in the future."

Zimmerman is arguably the best defensive third baseman in the Major Leagues, and Riggleman made it clear that he wasn't going to do anything to change Zimmerman dramatically.

"All the information you can gather about third basemen in both leagues, Ryan is at the top of the list as far as catching the ball, getting outs at first base, range and all that," Riggleman said. "You don't want to mess with the success too much."