Ryan Zimmerman was busy with his pregame work early Wednesday afternoon, so he was not present when the clubhouse televisions flashed a debate topic on MLB Network.

The question the analysts were discussing, on the heels of Zimmerman’s fourth throwing error of the season in Tuesday’s 8-2 loss to the Miami Marlins, was whether it was time for the Washington Nationals to consider other options at third base.

For those who watch Zimmerman play each day, those who know the talent he possesses and what he means to their organization, it seemed a ridiculous suggestion.

“The Nationals do not need a new third baseman,” general manager Mike Rizzo said a short while later, as Zimmerman fielded ground balls during batting practice. “We’ve got one of the best, if not the best, third basemen in all of baseball. We love the guy. He’s ours. And I’m glad we have him.”

Late Tuesday night, Zimmerman said he was frustrated after making those four errors in the Nationals‘ previous five games. His surgically repaired shoulder felt great, he said, and he could not pinpoint the reason why some of his throws were not precisely hitting the target Adam LaRoche was giving him at first base.

The recent string of errors has stirred up the debate over the third baseman’s throwing mechanics, which have been reworked multiple times the past few years to compensate for different issues. After the October surgery, though, Zimmerman’s plan was to return to a natural motion. The trainers don’t think he’ll be all the way there until June and the Nationals, seemingly to a man, are unconcerned by the recent errors.

“I don’t think it’s a mental problem right now,” manager Davey Johnson said. “With the severity of that injury and the surgery in the offseason, and now throwing from a different angle, his arm is a lot stronger. It’s just going to take him a little while to get comfortable and in a slot over there.

“It’s always magnified if somebody makes a bad pitch after you make an error and they hit a home run. We’re not picking each other up. Good teams do that. It puts more focus on a guy making an error, especially when he’s coming back from some surgery. I don’t have any concern.”