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Zimmerman cleared to start swinging

May 26, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

Zimmerman has shoulder surgery

Moving through the seventh week of his recovery from a fractured right thumb, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was cleared for baseball activities after the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Monday.

Manager Matt Williams made the announcement, and though it represents excellent news for the 25-26 club, a timetable for his return still has not been determined.

“We don’t have a definite on that yet. But he’s taken the next step, which is good,” Williams said. “He’s clear to start swinging and throwing, so he’ll start that process. So all signs are good.”

Williams stopped short of describing exactly how healed Zimmerman’s fractured right thumb is, but the skipper was upbeat about the third baseman’s progress. He will now begin taking swings in the batting cage and hitting off a tee.

“We’re going to take it a little slow with the bat because vibration can certainly cause pain, let alone any further damage. But he’s been cleared to do that, which is good.”

Zimmerman played catch from 90 feet before Monday’s game and did not complain of any discomfort in the thumb. The 29-year-old has been out since fracturing the finger in an April 12 game against the Braves. The original diagnosis for recovery was four to six weeks.

Zimmerman’s timeline for a return will now depend on how his thumb responds to hitting and throwing.

“We’ll see how he does with that and progress from there,” Williams said.

  1. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Good news. I’ll take Zim’s D and bat over Espi’s D and bat all day. Just need Harper back so the back to back duo, Espi and McLouth, otherwise known as the black hole, return to the bench.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 26, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      +1. A few weeks ago I was prepared to consider the notion of leaving the INF as currently constituted and trying Ryan Zimmerman in LF. Not anymore.

      • karlkolchak - May 26, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Yep…Espinosa is suddenly back in the same offensive free fall he was last year, Inexplicable.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        Why is Espi so uncoacable.

        He swings way to hard. He swings at too many balls. He swings not enough on good pitches.

        With coaches that he demand him correct those his average would shoot much higher.

        No one demands anything of any batter and Espi is 100% undisciplined.

  2. Sonny G 10 - May 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Hurry back Zim, we need you badly!

  3. sunshinebobby - May 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    “Williams stopped short of describing exactly how healed Zimmerman’s fractured right thumb is”

    Translation: He’ll be back after the All-Star break.

  4. Sec 3 My Sofa - May 26, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Am I the only one who thought “Whoa! TMI.”

    • Eric - May 26, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Ha!

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