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Zimmerman may debut at 3B tomorrow

Mar 15, 2013, 4:06 PM EST

Associated Press
Ryan Zimmerman is close to playing his first game at third base.

JUPITER, Fla. — Comfortable with how his surgically repaired right shoulder has progressed this spring, Ryan Zimmerman may push up his spring training debut at third base to Saturday.

Zimmerman was originally scheduled to take the field Monday against the Tigers, but manager Davey Johnson said the 28-year-old indicated he could be ready to go Saturday night against the Astros. Nationals rehab coordinator Steve Gober concurred, provided Zimmerman is able to get through today's workout in Viera with no issues.

"I guess I can't keep all these guys conservative," Johnson said. "They're being more aggressive than me."

Zimmerman has appeared in seven Grapefruit League games to date, serving as designated hitter each time. All the while, he's been building up arm strength following surgery in late-October to repair the sprained AC joint that plagued him throughout 2012.Read more ยป

  1. cass - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    The Nats just want to get Silver Slugger Strasburg's bat back in the lineup tomorrow. Thanks, Zim!

  2. Joe Seamhead - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Zimmerman looks totally in the zone at the plate.Here's hoping it just keeps going like this all year long.Nats Jack has a great idea for a walk up song for Werth: Warren Zevon's Werewolf in London. Can you just hear the whole stadium going "Ah-ooouh" ? I threw it at Mike Rizzo yesterday after the game when he was holding court with who someone said we're a group of player's girlfriends. All of them went into a chorus of the wolf howl.Rizzo cracked up and said he was going to suggest it to the powers that be. So, if it comes to be, it started with Jack.

  3. Section 222 - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I assume that the "powers that be" is Werth. Don't the players pick their own walkup music?I suppose the organ player in Atlanta might be interested in the idea though.

  4. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Sect222, yes, the players pick their music so long is there is nothing offensive in the lyrics.I think Bryce has songs picked for each at-bat in sequential order.

  5. Section 222 - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Right. So I kind of doubt that Werth would pick a song to make fun of his hair/beard. But it's a funny idea.

  6. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    That's "Werewolves of London" and the howling part works. The Phoenix Coyotes used to use it (maybe they still do, haven't been in years) when they scored a goal. Fans howled along. The one time I succeeded in making my dad pretend he wasn't with the idiot sitting next to him. : )

  7. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Yanno, there's nothing stopping us from doing it anyway when Werth homers. Just saying.

  8. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Or should I have said : o

  9. Section 222 - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Great idea sofa. And I still hope they use Take on Me as a 7th inning song.

  10. natsfan1a - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    My cat looks at me funny when I howl at the moon. Whatever.

  11. Doc - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Good to see that some real hitters are gonna replace RZim.What's next? Catchers playing SS. LOL

  12. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Do you all remember RZim in his Rookie season used the edited version of Ridin' Dirty by Chamillionaire. That's when he was young and wild and crazy!

  13. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Ghost… Zim also used Baby Boy da Princes "The Way I Live" that rookie season, too.

  14. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    NatsJack, thanks. I knew he had another song. Couldn't remember what it was called. There's some Blogger who has a listing of songs somewhere. I looked and couldn't find it.I wonder if Bryce uses his new Wale song this year. Here's a video on Bryce's walk up music:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqeR9fsXmC0

  15. MicheleS - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Ghost..here is the link for the 2012 walk up music.http://districtsportspage.com/washington-nationals-walk-up-music-2012/10367

  16. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Wow…..2 hour and 8 minute ST game. That may be some sort of record.

  17. Joe Seamhead - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Did you all hear about the Hooters ball girls at the Phillies game? It didn't work out so good.

  18. natsfan1a - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Yeah, I saw the video, Joe.

  19. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    MicheleS, thanks. They are missing Wilson Ramos walkup music by his Uncle Ruben.

  20. natsfan1a - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Also on a walk-up note, this is kinda cool, from last October. Walk-up music for pla-play-playoff teams.

  21. Section 222 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    So if the U.S. advances to the championship round (Sunday, Monday, Tues.) of the WBC, they will be able to replace David Wright. I have the perfect solution. He's a third baseman who's had a really good spring training at the plate. No not Zim. He's only going to play 3-4 innings in the field in is first game on Saturday.Anthony Rendon.

  22. Faraz Shaikh - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Haren's average velocity on fastball has dipped every season from 2007 but so has his cutter I guess. now he does rely more on his cutter than fastball. should that worry anyone? this has been mentioned before I believe.

  23. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    MicheleS, thanks for the link. One glaring omission seems to be Wilson Ramos walkup music by his Uncle Ruben!

  24. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Joe S, no. Do tell.

  25. natsfan1a - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Here you go, sec3.

  26. Doc - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Great idea on ARen, Section 222.He's already one of my favorite players, the way Prince Oppo Boppo was long before he was in the Nats' lineup.

  27. Joe Seamhead - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Thanks for posting the link for the Hooters thing natsfan1a.

  28. natsfan1a - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    You're welcome. :-)

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