Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Zimmerman on his surgery and rehab
"I was flying," he said.
OK, so Zimmerman wasn't exactly walking at normal speed, nor was he anywhere close to running speed. But this was an encouraging first step in the wake of Tuesday's surgery to repair a tear of the rectus muscle in his abdomen.
By all accounts, the arthroscopic procedure performed by Philadelphia-area specialist Bill Meyers went as smoothly as expected, and Zimmerman is expected to return to the Nationals' lineup in six weeks (mid-June).
"There was a decent tear in there that he fixed," Zimmerman said. "But with what he looked at in the MRI, it was exactly what he thought it was going to be when he went in there. Most importantly, he thinks that the timetable that they set before he went in there is right about the right time. So that's good to hear."
Zimmerman is being careful not to make any proclamations about the timetable for his return. For now, all he knows is that he's supposed to refrain from heavy physical activity for the next week, then slowly ramp things up until he's back to 100 percent.
He reiterated that the injury was far less severe during spring training, when it was a simple muscle strain. It wasn't until he slid headfirst into second base April 8 in New York that the muscle tore, ultimately requiring surgery.
Zimmerman also said he's been told the oblique strain that sidelined him the final two weeks of last season was "totally separate" from this injury.
He plans to take the train back to Washington Thursday morning to continue physical therapy and rehab at home, while the rest of the club continues its road trip to Florida and Atlanta. Watching his teammates struggle to produce at the plate while he's sidelined hasn't been easy.
"Obviously, I'm still a young guy. I've got a lot of baseball left to play," the 26-year-old said. "That's probably the most important thing, to stay with what they tell me to do. It's frustrating. I'm getting impatient not playing. But you've got to make sure you stay with it and do what they tell you to do."
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 6:17 PM