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Ryan Zimmerman on track to return from disabled list next Friday

Apr 27, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

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Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the disabled list last weekend due to a sore left hamstring, but he’s already nearing his return to game action.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson told Chase Hughes of this morning that Zimmerman will likely begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday. While the Nationals haven’t announced which affiliate he’ll play with, High-A Potomac is the most logical destination. Barring any setbacks, the hope is that he’ll be activated when he’s first eligible next Friday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Zimmerman played catch, fielded ground balls and ran the bases this morning at Nationals Park during a workout with trainer Steve Gober and bench coach Randy Knorr. His throwing was an issue prior to the hamstring injury and it’s apparently still a work in progress, as Kilgore notes that “some of Zimmerman’s throws hit Gober in the chest; some skipped by him or flew to the short fence behind him.”

The Nationals called up top prospect Anthony Rendon when Zimmerman was placed on the disabled list, but he’ll likely head back down the minors next Friday.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Man I hate when this happens to players. Think about Steve Sax… He suddenly forgot how to throw and catch the ball and his glove went iron.

  2. recoveringcubsfan - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    This will work out. Zim still knows how to hit, so he can play 1B until LaRoche remembers.

    Anyway, all Nats fans need to think about right now is this: the Braves have lost 7 of their last 10. “Gattitude” appears to be over before it could even begin. Next time the Braves organization hears its fans unanimously mocking another team’s (admittedly dumb) slogan, perhaps the best thing would NOT be aping said slogan.

    Anyway, footsteps behind you, Bravos: the Nats swept the Reds today and are only 2.5 back with oh, 5 months to play…

    • goodellisruiningtheleague - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:00 AM

      Nationals play the Reds Sunday too. They got one more game to potentially get the sweep.

  3. flamethrower101 - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Amazing. He was the face of the franchise just a few years ago. Great hitter, amazing fielder. That’s what earned him his big contract extension in the first place. But now he’s beginning to turn into an afterthought with the likes of Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman taking the helms. Hopefully he’ll be able to turn it around when he comes back, moreso with his fielding. The hitting I’m not concerned about but unless he gets his act together on the defensive side I wouldn’t be shocked to see him riding the pine a little more going into the summer stretch.

  4. lphboston - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    I’m with recoveringcubsfan.

    Put RZ at 1B until LaRoche decides whether he wants to keep playing in the major leagues or just cash paychecks. ALR should be hitting 7 or 8. Anything Nats lose defensively will be made up by having another bat in the middle of the lineup. Rendon is too good to keep on the bench.

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