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Ryan Zimmerman expected to return to Nationals on Tuesday

Jun 12, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

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Matt Holliday is on the way.

Joe Mauer is just around the corner.

And there’s another big star who could be arriving back in the major leagues this week.

According to beat writer Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a double and played a full nine innings at the hot corner Saturday evening in a rehab game at Triple-A Syracuse.  He’s now 8-for-18 with four doubles and a triple since beginning his minor league rehab assignment last week.

The Nationals aren’t giving out a public timetable just yet, but Zimmerman is clearly seeing the ball well and feeling strong enough to handle defensive duties at third base, so the guess here is that he will be back in the major league lineup at some point during Washington’s upcoming three-game series in St. Louis. That three-game set starts Tuesday and ends Thursday. You get the point.

Zimmerman has been out since early April with abdominal issues. He was 10-for-28 (.357) before the injury.

UPDATE: Kilgore is now reporting that Zimmerman will be in the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday. He went 0-for-5 on Sunday in his final rehab game at Triple-A Syracuse and will use Monday as a day of rest.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 12, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    That’s good news for the Gnats. The way the Feesh are playing now – splattered against the strange attractor with the Mutts a half game behind them and playing well enough to climb over their dead bodies by midweek at the latest – the lower rungs of the NL East are beginning to look like a doodlebug funnel with the Gnats waiting at the bottom. I’ll let my extended commentary on the bad joke that the Feesh have become since they got home from sunsetside for ATH tomorrow morning. I have smoked quails marinated in papaya juice and brandy on the grill at the moment and no desire to compromise my appetite.

  2. royhobbs39 - Jun 13, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    As a Nationals fan, it seems like things are going to start falling into place soon. 2011 may not be the year, but it seems like 2012 or 2013 will be the year to keep an eye out for the Natinals. Hopefully Strasburg will actually gain a post-Tommy John bump. Hopefully Zimmerman will come back stronger than before. Hopefully Niz will continue swinging a strong bat. Hopeully Werth will live up to his contract. Hopefully some of these recent draft picks will have a quick rise to the big leagues. Hopefully following the model of the Rays will work not just in the short term, but the long term as well. (The Nationals have a ballpark that people will fill if they have a quality team – unlike Tampa). Hopefully I am not unrealistic in my expectations.

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