VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman spent roughly 20 minutes on the field at Space Coast Stadium this morning taking grounders and working on throwing across the diamond to first, making shorter throws to second base and then charging the ball and throwing to first.
None of it aggrivated the sore groin he’s been nursing for the past 10 days and the third baseman said he expects to be in the lineup on Friday when the Nationals welcome St. Louis to Viera for the team’s first meeting since the benches cleared on Monday in Jupiter.
After that, Zimmerman will likely play in at least three of the team’s final four spring training games.
Zimmeman is the only position player not making the trip to Lakeland today to play the Tigers, including Ivan Rodriguez, who returned a day early from what he called a “positive personal trip” to Puerto Rico over Tuesday and Wednesday.
Here’s who will be making the trip:
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Jason Marquis and Sean Burnett will throw in a minor league game and Livan Hernandez, Ross Detwiler and John Lannan are scheduled to throw bullpen sessions.