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Zimmerman on target for Tuesday

May 4, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

Ryan Zimmerman took another step toward his return from the disabled list today when the Nationals' third baseman hit 20 balls off a tee and emerged with no pain in his inflamed right shoulder.

Zimmerman will take more swing off soft-toss pitching tomorrow, then possible take a full round of batting practice before the Nationals' game against the Phillies.

Though he wouldn't entirely rule out the possibility of returning to play Sunday night once he's officially eligible, Zimmerman said he's more likely to come off the DL Tuesday for the start of a road trip in Pittsburgh.

"If I had to guess, Tuesday rather than Sunday," he said. "I wouldn't rule it out. We really won't know until tomorrow. … After I hit, it's a matter of whether they want me to waste hits in the minor leagues orRead more ยป

  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 4, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Can we wrap him in bubblewrap for the rest of the season, please?

  2. natsfan1a - May 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Okay, I think I'm going to go with encouraged on Zimm and hmmm…on LaRoche.

  3. peric - May 5, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Still wish Davey would play T_Mo12 but I guess he's allocated to Syracuse until September …

  4. JaneB - May 5, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    I'm going with encouraged, too.

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