This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.Ryan Zimmerman
The Nationals third basemen underwent surgery Tuesday for a sports hernia. The sports hernia is known in medical circles as athletic pubalgia, a condition that affects the cartilage between the pubic bones. This cartilage is known as the pubic symphysis and helps absorb forces placed through the hips. Unfortunately if an individual makes an awkward movement or, more commonly, as repetitive forces are forced through the pubic symphysis, they can be redirected through the groin and abdominal muscles that attach nearby. These forces can result in microtearing of the muscle while weakening the abdominal wall. Zimmerman required surgery to fix a tear in his rectus abdominis (the six-pack muscles). In the procedure, the tear was repaired and fortified and a surgical mesh is placed along the inguinal canal to strengthen and support the abdominal wall.
The surgery has become common in baseball, as numerous athletes have undergone the procedure, incl
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