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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Zimmerman's rehab rolls on, Tuesday activation still possible

While his team is battling to remain less than 10 games under .500, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is nearing his long-awaited return to the active roster. Zimmerman, who has made four rehab starts with the Nationals' Single-A affiliates, will play for Triple-A Syracuse this weekend and have a scheduled off day on Monday.

Hairston still out: today's lineups

With a roster move upcoming in their relief corps, the Nationals lineup is still without Jerry Hairston Jr. as he continues to be on the mend from back spasms. If Hairston does not play tonight, it will be the third straight game he's missed. Hairston has been the primary replacement for Ryan Zimmerman at third bas

Espinosa relieved not to have broken hand

When Matt Cain's 92 mph fastball collided with Danny Espinosa's left hand on the last play of the Nationals 3-1 loss Wednesday afternoon, the second baseman -- who's already averted major injury a few times this season -- was scared as he ripped his batting gloves off and bent over in pain. "I thought it was broken 100 percent," Espinosa said today, his left hand quite swollen and a bit bruised but no worse for the wear structurally. "I thought it could be near season-ending."

The Nationals vs. today's starter: RHP Aaron Harang

The Nationals have an even 100 games left in the 2011 season and they'll take their National Leauge-worst .230 team batting average to pitcher-friendly Petco Park tonight when they open a four-game set with the San Diego Padres. Livan Hernandez, who's already used to little or no run support, will take the mound for the Nationals while their offense looks to see what it can do against Padres' right-hander Aaron Harang, who they missed when the Padres visited Nationals Park at the end of May.

Wrapping up the Nationals' 2011 draft

When the three-day talent-selecting marathon was over and the 2011 MLB Draft had been completed, the Nationals finished up with 51 new player to potentially add to their farm system.