Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who has been on the disabled list since May 12, could be getting closer to joining the active roster.
Washington begins a series at home with the Boston Red Sox on Monday and manager Dave Martinez said it is possible Zimmerman could go on a minor league rehab assignment at some point during the seven-day homestand.
“He is actually getting close. He is going to start pushing the envelope a little bit and (we) try to get him back,” Martinez said of the former University of Virginia standout.
Zimmerman has not played since May 10 due to a right oblique strain. He is hitting .217 with five homers and 17 RBI in 33 games and 115 at-bats.
“Yea, things are good. Things are getting better,” Zimmerman, who is travelling with the team, said here Friday. “You can’t put a timetable on it because you just never know.”
Matt Adams (fractured left index finger), another first baseman on the disabled list, is also with the team in Philadelphia this weekend. He is hitting .275 with 13 homers and 36 RBI in 57 games and has not played since June 16.
“He is going to take (batting practice) on the field today. He will take some groundballs,” Martinez said. “He is doing much better. We will see where he is after today.”
Martinez said Friday that right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg threw about 25 pitches off the mound in a bullpen session Thursday, after he also threw on flat ground at Citizens Bank Park.
Strasburg (6-6, 3.46 in 13 starts) has been on the disabled list since June 10 with right shoulder inflammation.
The Nationals (41-38) entered Friday four games back of the first-place Atlanta Braves in the National League East. The Phillies were 43-36 after beating the Nationals 4-3 on Thursday.
The Nationals entered Friday with six straight road losses, three wins in 13 games overall and a mark of 8-15 in June. The series continues Saturdayat 6:05 p.m. and Jeremy Hellickson is a possible starter for the Nationals. He has been on the disabled list since June 5 with a right hamstring strain.