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Zimmerman still needs time to return

Apr 26, 2011, 11:16 PM EDT

Ryan Zimmerman took a step Tuesday toward his eventual return from an abdominal strain, but the Nationals third baseman is still going to need some more time before he’s activated off the disabled list.

Zimmerman performed some light baseball activities Tuesday afternoon for the first time since going on the 15-day DL April 9. Standing down the right-field line at Nationals Park, he played catch with head trainer Lee Kuntz from about 60 feet, fielded some hand-thrown grounders and then jogged about 90 feet several times.

Zimmerman hasn’t yet taking batting practice, run the bases or fielders grounders off a bat, steps he must take before he can return to game action. Even then, he’ll need to go on a minor-league rehab assignment for at least a couple of days to face live hitting before
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  1. Anonymous - Apr 26, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Mr. Brittle.

  2. barney - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    These things always drag on. Sounds like he won't be a factor this year. Nats might have to trade for a bat to replace him.

  3. 4rx - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    we just want to make sure we keep the days as short as possible on this end, so it doesn't extend later to be a real long period of time where he would have to sit because he's re-aggravated it

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