Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman hasn't played since April 9 in New York, when he aggravated an abdominal strain, and he went on the disabled list three days later. But it seems more likely than ever that Zimmerman won't be returning as soon as he's able to come off the disabled list next Tuesday.
Zimmerman is not on the road with the Nationals this week, according to a Washington Post report. He is back in Washington receiving additional treatment on his injury instead of resuming baseball activities with the team this week in preparation for a return.
The Nationals have said ever since the third baseman got hurt that they wouldn't rush his return; he won't be back in the lineup as long as he's got lingering pain. Zimmerman was hitting .357 in his first eight games, but the Nationals have actually managed to play fairly well without him.
They won five of their first seven games without Zimmerman, using Jerry Hairston and Alex Cora at third base. Hairston went 3-for-3 on Sunday, hitting his first homer of the season, and the pitching staff posted quality starts in each of the first seven games Zimmerman missed.
The 26-year-old first had an abdominal strain in spring training, missing three days with the injury. He said it hadn't completely healed, but he was able to start the year playing well despite the ailment.
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