The Washington Times - March 24, 2011, 11:17AM

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:

Jesus Flores
Wilson Ramos
Ivan Rodriguez
Carlos Maldonado

Brian Bixler
Alex Cora
Ian Desmond
Danny Espinosa
Alberto Gonzalez
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Adam LaRoche
Alex Cintron

Rick Ankiel
Roger Bernadina
Nyjer Morgan
Michael Morse
Laynce Nix
Matt Stairs
Jayson Werth

Jordan Zimmermann - SP
Craig Stammen
Tyler Clippard
Brian Broderick
Todd Coffey

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.