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Ryan Zimmerman is scheduled to make a rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac on Tuesday and Wednesday before flying out to Pittsburgh Thursday night to join the Nats before their weekend series against the Pirates. Zimmerman said he expects to play third base with Potomac, having two at-bats on Tuesday and three at-bats the following day.
Zimmerman is currently on the 15-day disabled list after experiencing soreness in his left hamstring. Now over a week into his recovery, the Nats third baseman said he feels great and expects to be activated on schedule May 3.
Before Sunday’s game, Zimmerman took batting practice and ran the bases. He hit several home runs at the plate and looked his normal self while running. Zimmerman said he thinks the pain and discomfort have subsided and he is close to ready.
“It wasn’t anything bad,” he said. “You can usually tell the difference between something bad and something not that bad. It’s definitely a relief, we’re not there yet but we’re well on our way. These things, hamstrings, you never know. They can be small but stay small for a very long time, be small and get big, or go away. So hopefully it stays like this.”