Zimmerman gets breather in finale

Zimmerman gets breather in finale

CINCINNATI -- Manager Davey Johnson decided to rest Ryan Zimmerman for Sunday's finale against the Reds, giving Alex Cora a start at third base.

The last time Cora received a start was July 27 against the Marlins. Since then, Cora has been the main pinch-hitter off the bench. The veteran hasn't received a lot of playing time recently because Johnson wants shortstop Ian Desmond and second baseman Danny Espinosa to get used to each other up the middle. Cora said he understands the situation.

"It's not frustrating. It is what it is," Cora said. "Those kids are healthy. Davey wants to play them every day. That's the way it is. They are the everyday players. Whenever they need a breather, I'll be ready."

As for Zimmerman, he said he is 100 percent healthy and was just given a day off. Zimmerman entered last week as one of the hottest hitters, but now finds himself in a 3-for-25 (.120) slump over his last six games.

"I'm good. I didn't have two very good games [in Cincinnati]. It's just part of it," Zimmerman said. "Physically, health wise, I'm fine. [Johnson] said he has been looking to get me a game off for a while. He really couldn't find a day [in the past]. Today, worked out well since we have tomorrow off."