Nats’ Ryan Zimmerman defends Davey Martinez, says players must perform

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The Washington Nationals have stumbled out of the gate this season, causing some fans to call for manager Davey Martinez to lose his job. But on Thursday, veteran Ryan Zimmerman defended his skipper.

"Fans have the right to say whatever they want," the Nationals first baseman told Grant Paulsen of NBCS Washington. "My only question would be what do you want him to do right now? He's in a pretty tough spot right now. It's always easy to blame the manager. It comes down to the players."

The Nationals are currently 14-22 and sit fourth in the NL East, seven games back of the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies, who signed former Nationals superstar Bryce Harper this past winter.

Without Harper, the Nationals' offense ranks ninth in the National League by wRC+. The lineup has also dealt with injuries, as Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, and Juan Soto have all spent time on the injured list.

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