The Washington Times - May 3, 2011, 07:40PM

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Zimmerman came through the surgery to repair a tear in the rectus muscle in his abdomen this morning fine and was resting comfortably back at the team hotel by the time the Nationals arrived at Citizen’s Bank Park this afternoon.

Nationals general manger Mike Rizzo said Zimmerman, who was operated on by Dr. Bill Meyers, had less damage than they originally thought and the procedure, which was arthroscopic, was as minimally invasive as possible.


“It was better than the surgeon thought when he got in there,” Rizzo said. “He said the surgery went very well.”

Dr. Meyers said Zimmerman is clear to begin the rehabilitation process tomorrow. On Saturday, Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz said the first step in that process will be walking one mile on the day after surgery.

“I think he’s going to spend a few days here with us and then when we got to Florida he’s going to go home (to Washington),” Rizzo said. “He’ll rehab in D.C. with our physical therapist.”

Zimmerman is expected to be at the ballpark with his teammates tomorrow. 

– Rick Ankiel who made two diving plays in the outfield on Monday night, tweaked his right hand on one of the plays and was icing it after the game. He was out of the lineup on Tuesday at the behest of the trainers — and some hesitancy on his own part — but Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said that he would be available to pinch hit and the Nationals don’t expect it to keep him sidelined longer than the one day.

“I know he rolled on it pretty good a couple times,” Riggleman said. “He’s playable but we’re going to give him one day and see if we can get him back in there tomorrow.”

– Jayson Werth was pretty resoundingly booed his first time up to bat but before stepping into the batters box, Werth doffed his batting helmet to the Philadelphia crowd and the boos were completely taken over by cheers — prompting another tip of the cap.

Then he walked, and the boos returned.

Werth had another moment with the fans when he returned to the outfield for the top of the second inning, again turning the boos of those in right field to cheers with a tip of his cap. I’ll post a whole host of Werth reaction sometime before tomorrow night’s game, but here’s one snippet of what he said this afternoon:

“I know a little bit about Philly fans and their makeup,” he said. “There’s a little bit of history there. There’s some good times. I’m very proud to be a member of the 2008 World Series champions. That will never be taken away from me. I’m a proud member. I’ll relish that for the rest of my life. My days in Philly are over, and I’m starting something new here in Washington. Hopefully, there’ll be a mutual respect.”