WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman did not play in Monday's game against the Cubs because of abdominal soreness, according to manager Davey Johnson.
Zimmerman said he could play, but Johnson wasn't going to take a chance on Zimmerman reinjuring his abdominal area.
Zimmerman entered the game as a pinch-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning and worked a walk, then was lifted for pinch-runner Brian Bixler.
Earlier in the season, Zimmerman recovered from a torn abdominal muscle and missed more than two months of action. He underwent surgery in the area on May 3.
"Anything like that, I'm not taking a chance on him reinjuring that thing, so he is [in the dugout] with me," Johnson said. "I'm going to see how it goes. He is willing to hit. I think fielding, probably throwing, is a little more aggravating than hitting."
Zimmerman has played in 28 games and is 24-for-107 (.224), with three home runs and 13 RBIs for Washington.