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Zimmerman "100 percent" swinging

May 5, 2012, 3:52 PM EST

Ryan Zimmerman took 30 full swings off soft-toss pitching this morning and emerged with his injured right shoulder feeling 100 percent, leaving the Nationals third baseman on track to come off the disabled list Tuesday.

There's still a minuscule chance Zimmerman could return to the lineup for tomorrow night's series finale against the Phillies if he feels great after a full pregame workout tomorrow. But the 27-year-old understands the safer course is probably to wait until Tuesday's road trip opener in Pittsburgh.

"Unless I come out tomorrow and feel just unbelievable and feel absolutely nothing, there'd be a chance," he said. "But it's kind of silly to rush and do it tomorrow. … It would be a shame if we didn't wait one more day and messed it up. We have an extra day on Monday. That works in nice and gives me an extra day to get more swings. I would say Tuesday."

Having missed the last two weeks with inflammation of the AC joint in his right shoulder, Zimmerman resumed swinging yesterday, first hitting off a tee. He did that again today, then progressed to soft-toss. The only remaining step is to take a full round of batting practice off a liveRead more »

  1. ehay2k - May 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Hey, see you other NI posters at the game. Bringing the family to take back the park. I will be wearing a gray shirt with the red curly W on the front, and my home-made Welcome to K Street print on the back. Hope to see you there!GYNFG!

  2. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    When he comes back this would be my orderagainst righties1. Desmond2. Lomarbdozzi3. Zimerman4. Harper5. Werth6. LaROche (Tracy if infured)7. Ankiel8. Catcheragainst a lefty1. Desmond2. LOmabardozzi3. Zimmerman4. Harper5. Werth6. Laroche (if health( Ankiel if not)7. Moore (1b if Laroche hurt (Lf if Laroche plays)8. Catcher

  3. Avar - May 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Manassas Nats -love the lineups. Espi needs some AAA at this point. It's 4months now of not hitting

  4. baseballswami - May 5, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    No gamer yet?





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