ATLANTA — Ryan Zimmerman was 0-for-3 in a rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac on Wednesday evening, but the Nationals’ third baseman and his left hamstring came through the game well. After the game, Zimmerman said he was ready to rejoin his teammates on Friday in Pittsburgh.
“It’s just time to get back up there and get going,” Zimmerman said in post-game interviews distributed by the team. “Thankfully everything went as planned.”
Due to inclement weather, Zimmerman was only able to get the one game in before he’s set to workout at Nationals Park on Thursday and fly to Pittsburgh Thursday night to meet the team.
That wasn’t an issue for manager Davey Johnson or general manager Mike Rizzo, who said they’d leave it up to Zimmerman if he felt he needed more time, but were fine if he had a brief rehab.
His return will be a welcome addition to an offensive unit that has struggled to find lineup-wide consistency early this season, especially with Bryce Harper likely having to sit out at least a few days with a contusion to the left side of his torso that left him grimacing after a check-swing on Wednesday night.
Zimmerman was able to continue his throwing program during his time on the disabled list and the third baseman said he did not feel the time off was either helpful or harmful to his work in continuing to get his shoulder healthy and his throwing on track.