The Washington Nationals are putting third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list because a strained left hamstring and promoting prized prospect Anthony Rendon from Double-A for his big league debut.
Zimmerman did not play Friday or Saturday at New York against the Mets. He had an MRI on Saturday and manager Davey Johnson made the announcement after a 7-6 win.
The 28-year-old Zimmerman was hitting .226 with one home run and 11 RBIs in 15 games. He’s also made four errors this season.
Johnson said the injury needed about 10 days to heal and didn’t want to take any chances with Zimmerman hurting himself more.
The 22-year-old Rendon was a first-round draft pick in 2011. He is hitting .292 with two homers and seven RBIs at Harrisburg. Johnson said he expected Rendon would start in Zimmerman’s place.
Viciedo put on DL
The Chicago White Sox hope outfielder Dayan Viciedo will be able to return quickly after he strained his left oblique and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Viciedo was injured while batting in the eighth inning at Toronto on Thursday, and the roster move was made retroactive to Friday. He is batting .229 (11 for 48) with two homers and five RBIs in 13 games. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Viciedo will refrain from baseball activities for about a week, then may begin a rehabilitatio assignment.
Clearing the bases
The Cleveland Indians have activated left-hander Scott Kazmir from the 15-day disabled list to start Saturday night against the Houston Astros. … San Diego Padres left-hander Clayton Richard has been scratched from his scheduled start Saturday night against the San Francisco Giants after he came down with a stomach virus. … The Braves have placed infielder Blake DeWitt on the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-hander David Carpenter from Triple-A Gwinnett. … The Houston Astros have placed outfielder J.D. Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee and activated outfielder Fernando Martinez from the disabled list to take his spot on the roster.