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Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will not travel with the team to Atlanta early this week as he continues his recovery from a sore left hamstring, Davey Johnson announced on Saturday. The Nats manager said Zimmerman will stay back to have a rehab assignment, likely Monday, before joining the team for their series at Pittsburgh beginning Friday, May 3.
Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 20 after aggravating the injury running the bases against the Miami Marlins. He has continued throwing and is now running the bases as the next step is at-bats in a live game.
“I talked to Ryan yesterday in the dugout, he came in the dugout, and he said ‘I really like how I’m feeling, where I’m at,’” Johnson said.
Johnson expects Zimmerman to start his minor league rehab assignment on Monday at “whoever’s closest.” The Potomac Nationals would seem like a good bet as they host the Carolina Mudcats on Monday and Tuesday in Woodbridge, Va.
“I think he’s planning on going on Monday,” Johnson said.