Friday, March 25, 2011
Zimmerman ready to return
Unless he fell out of bed this morning and re-injured himself, Zimmerman will be back in the Nationals' lineup, fully healthy and eager to get his swing back down before the season begins in a mere six days.
Actually, Zimmerman isn't worried at all about his readiness for the season. Some guys prefer to get as many at-bats as they can in spring training, like Adam LaRoche (a historically slow starter). Others prefer to get the minimum amount of work in March, knowing they'll still be ready come April.
"Basically the plan was, once it felt good, give it another week just to be extra careful," Zimmerman said. "It's not like I need a lot of at-bats anyway. I'll actually be kind of fresh going into the season, which will be kind of nice."
Zimmerman has played in only eight games so far this spring, going 6-for-22 with two homers and six RBI. He expects to play in four of the Nationals' final five Grapefruit League games.
Though he insisted he could have played had this been the regular season, Zimmerman took six days completely off from hitting and throwing after first noticing the problem March 14. Hitting actually didn't bother him, but throwing caused a slight pull on the groin area, so the Nationals training staff instructed him not do anything for that first week. Since then, he's taken batting practice and fielded grounders with no issues.
"My arm actually feels unbelievable from not throwing for six days," he said.
Zimmerman is slated to bat third tonight against the Cardinals, behind Jayson Werth and ahead of LaRoche, just how Jim Riggleman plans to hit his top three offensive players when the season begins.
When he takes the field, Zimmerman won't have any worries about his health.
"It's better that it happened now, for sure, and that we stopped it before it got worse," he said.
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 10:32 AM