It's been three days since Ryan Zimmerman last took his position in the field for the Nationals, departing abruptly after his latest attempt to throw the ball across the diamond sailed over Adam LaRoche's head with minimal velocity and maximum awkwardness.
Since then, Zimmerman has had a chance to rest. He has had his right shoulder examined by doctors. He has learned the results of an MRI test, which revealed no structural damage to the shoulder, only inflammation. He appeared in Sunday's game, only as a pinch-hitter, and like the rest of his teammates enjoyed an off-day Monday.
All of which has only delayed the inevitable question that will arise later today, before the Nationals arrive at the ballpark to open a three-game series against the Marlins: Now what?