July 16, 2008
Nationals' third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is nearing the end of his minor league rehabilitation assignment, and could find himself back in Washington by next week. The former Cavalier tore a shoulder muscle, and has not seen action since May 26.
Zimmerman took part in his final game with Class A Potomac last night. He filled the designated hitters role, going 1-for-5 at the plate with a single. He will join Triple A Columbus on Thursday and be with them for four days, and should rejoin the big club early next week.
Zimmerman says that his concern right now is not necessarily performance, but just getting back into game shape. He led the Nationals with eight home runs when he went on the disabled list back in May.
The Nationals are in desperate need of Zimmerman's services. Washington is currently and MLB worst 36-60, and is the only major league team that has 60 losses on the year so far. The Nats return from the All-Star break on Friday, as they open up a weekend series in Atlanta.
We will keep you up to date on the former Cavaliers' rehab.