Zimmerman leaves game with hip injury

Zimmerman leaves game with hip injury

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman came out of Tuesday night's game against the Braves with tightness in his right hip flexor.

Zimmerman didn't consider the situation serious. In fact, he was smirking about it even before the extra-inning exhibition game ended in a 2-2 tie after 11 innings.

"I could have played if I needed to. In fact, I wish I was still in there," he said, mustering a veteran's sarcasm for a night overtime exhibition game.

Zimmerman thought he triggered the tightness sliding home to score on Jesus Flores' single in the sixth.

"It's a little tight," said Zimmerman, who will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. "Why keep playing, and risk injuring it more?"

Prior to leaving, Zimmerman had gone 1-for-4. He is batting .333 in the Grapefruit League and leads Washington with seven RBIs.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.