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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Injury updates: Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche & why Tyler Moore doesn't figure to start in LaRoche's absence

Ryan Zimmerman took 20 swings at about 60-75 percent Friday, hitting off a tee and doing his first batting work since being put on the disabled list last Saturday. Zimmerman was encouraged by the absence of pain during the work but said Saturday, when the Nationals' third baseman hits balls flipped to him by a coach and hits a moving ball, would be more indicative.

Why this weekend against the Phillies is important for the Nationals

Forget about who is filling the stands. Forget about the ticket initiatives and the slogans and the attendance counts. The Philadelphia Phillies come to Washington for three games that start tonight, and for the first time since the opening weekend of the 2008 season, the Nationals are the team in first place when the two meet.

Adam LaRoche expected to miss at least a few days with right oblique soreness

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche was scratched from the starting lineup during batting practice Thursday, dealing with right oblique soreness. LaRoche, who missed most of the 2011 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and most of this past spring with a bone bruise in his foot, said he thought he injured himself diving for a ball Wednesday night.

Bryce Harper's arm and other notes from the Nationals' fifth straight loss

Last July, after he played in the Futures Game in Phoenix, Bryce Harper stood in the clubhouse at Chase Field and was asked about a ferocious throw he'd unfurled during the game. It was a bit off target but a rope from left field to home plate. Harper, all of 18 years old then, shrugged. Just showing off the arm a little, he said. He'd played in more than one showcase before. He knew what they were about.

Injury updates: Storen, Zimmerman, Lidge, DeRosa

As much as Bryce Harper and Harpermania seem to have taken over the Washington Nationals the past few days, it's important to remember that the original reason for Harper's call-up on Saturday was because of injury. As was the call-up of Tyler Moore, and that of Ryan Perry. Needless to say, the Nationals have been hit with a rash of injuries lately. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday the injuries have not forced any urgency for the Nationals to look outside the organization for offensive or bullpen help. "We just need to get healthy," he said.