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Nationals recall INF Zach Walters, place Ryan Zimmerman on 15-day DL

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The Washington Nationals today placed infielder/outfielder Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-Day Disabled List with a right hamstring strain, and recalled infielder Zach Walters from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Walters, 24, rejoins the Nationals for his second Major League stint of the season. In 60 games at Triple-A this season, Walters is hitting .300 with a .358 on-base percentage and a .608 slugging percentage. While racking up 38 extra-base hits, Walters has clubbed 15 home runs and collected 48 RBI.

In his last 10 games with Syracuse, Walters has hit .475 with a .523 on-base percentage and a .608 slugging percentage.

From April 13 - May 24, Walters appeared in 27 Major League games (two starts) and hit .182 (6-for-33) with all three of his home runs coming off the bench. 

Zimmerman, 29, hits the DL for the second time this season after missing 44 games with a right thumb fracture earlier in the year. The Nationals' third baseman/left fielder is hitting .282 on the season with five home runs, 19 doubles and 36 RBI.

In the month of July, Zimmerman has collected 21 hits in 58 at-bats (.362 AVG), posted a .418 on-base percentage and a .569 slugging percentage, courtesy of eight extra-base hits (six doubles, two home runs).

When Zimmerman has been in the Nationals' starting lineup this season, they are 33-19 and average 4.9 runs per game. In the 46 games they have played without him, the Nationals averaged 3.5 runs per game and went 22-24.

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