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Zimmerman not close to returning yet

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Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman resumed baseball activities on Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list April 9, and though he was able to do some "firm tossing," in the words of manager Jim Riggleman, and some light running, the Nationals still don't know when they'll get their franchise player back.

Zimmerman has been out the last two weeks after aggravating the abdominal strain he first sustained in spring training. He was able to play through it to start the year, posting a 1.022 OPS in the team's first eight games. But when he slid headfirst into second on April 9 against the Mets, the injury cropped up on him again.

At this point, Riggleman said, it's a virtual certainty Zimmerman will have to go on a rehab assignment before he returns to the majors, though the Nationals still don't have a timetable for when that might occur.

Zimmerman's big issue before he went on the disabled list was that certain defensive movements and throws hurt him, and if the injury is still bothering him, the Nationals won't rush it.

"It's an area that, throughout baseball, a lot of players are dealing with it and missing significant time," said Riggleman, whose Nationals fell to the Mets 6-4 Tuesday night. "We want to keep the days as short as possible on this end so it doesn't extend later to be a real long period of time where he would have to sit because he aggravated it."

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