Ryan Zimmerman to begin rehab assignment Friday night
Nationals third baseman -- soon to be utility man -- Ryan Zimmerman will begin his rehab assignment Friday night.
Zimmerman fractured his thumb on April 12 and was expected to miss four to six weeks, so he's returning behind schedule. Remember, Zimmerman is also dealing with a degenerative shoulder issue and has had trouble throwing the ball accurate to first base for the past few years, so in his return, the Nationals plan on playing him at first base, third base and left field.
Obviously the Nationals have Adam LaRoche at first base, Anthony Rendon at third -- though Rendon can also play second -- and Bryce Harper in left field, once he gets healthy. So it'll be interesting to see how the Nationals work things once at full strength.
Zimmerman, 29, is hitting .364/.405/.636 with three doubles, two homers and six RBI in 10 games this season -- so his bat will help the club, no matter where he plays on defense.