--3B Ryan Zimmerman was jogging in the outfield Friday, 10 days after having surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle. Zimmerman said he is feeling better, though there is still plenty of swelling in his abdomen. He is expected to be out until mid-June. "Up to three weeks, it can continue to get sore and swelling. That is just from the scar tissue," Zimmerman said. "But everything has gone according to plan, and everything looks good."
--OF Michael Morse was out of the lineup again Friday, getting a pinch-hit double in the 10th inning after Laynce Nix started in left. Manager Jim Riggleman continued to hint that Morse might stay in a reserve role for a while. "Sometimes, there are players that are just a little more comfortable coming to the ballpark and seeing if they're playing, where they're playing, where they're hitting, rather than the norm," Riggleman said. "Most guys are the other way, but Mike might be one of those guys who's a little more comfortable moving around to different positions, different spots in the lineup."
--CF Roger Bernadina went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk and two RBI in the Nationals' 6-5 loss to the Braves. Bernadina also made a diving catch in center field to rob Mike Stanton of an extra-base hit in the fifth inning. He is hitting .320 since being recalled from Class AAA Syracuse last week.
--LF Laynce Nix hit his fifth homer of the season, blasting a solo shot off Marlins RHP Chris Volstad in the fifth inning Friday. He went 3-for-5 with two RBI, making him 9-for-22 in his last five games. The Nationals are 10-6 when Nix starts.
--LHP Tom Gorzelanny had his shortest outing of the year, lasting just 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Marlins. Gorzelanny struck out six batters, but he missed his spots with several pitches, giving up three homers and four runs in the Nationals' 6-5 loss. He had given up just three runs total in his last three starts, lowering his ERA to 2.87 before Friday.
BY THE NUMBERS
.547 -- The combined winning percentage of the Nationals' 37 opponents before Friday's game against the Marlins. That winning percentage gave the Nationals the toughest schedule in baseball. They are playing a three-game weekend series against the Marlins, who are now 22-15.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Henry has had a couple good bullpen sessions in the last four or five days. (Pitching coach) Steve McCatty's had him down there. He and (bullpen coach) Jimmy Lett said he's really made some progress since the appearance in Florida. We've just got to get him in there. I've just got to say, 'You know what? This guy's too talented to not use him, and I'm looking forward to getting him in there.'" -- Manager Jim Riggleman, on RHP Henry Rodriguez, who hasn't pitched since walking three batters, throwing two wild pitches and posting just nine strikes in 27 pitches May 8 against the Marlins. Rodriguez, who was acquired in a December trade that sent OF Josh Willingham to Oakland, was expected to be a possible setup man.
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