If all goes well, the Nationals should have Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos back on the active roster by next weekend.
Zimmerman and manager Davey Johnson chatted Friday night about the third baseman’s progress in his return from a hamstring injury. Zimmerman will stay in D.C. when the Nats depart for Atlanta on Sunday night and likely will get in some rehab games beginning Monday.
Johnson wasn’t sure where Zimmerman would play, but Hagerstown is home for 10:35 a.m. game Monday and Potomac has a 7:05 p.m. home game. Potomac also is at home Tuesday night. Zimmerman plans to rejoin the team Friday in Pittsburgh.
“Zim was in a great frame of mind yesterday, really felt like it was coming along and he was going to be by it,” Johnson said. “I worry about hamstrings. That’s about the worst thing that can happen to you, recovering from that.”
Ramos, also dealing with a left hamstring strain, is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday. He caught three innings and got two plate appearances Friday night for Harrisburg at Bowie and is expected to play again Saturday night. He’ll report to Nationals Park on Sunday and will travel with the team to Atlanta after Sunday’s game, Johnson said.