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The condition of the shoulder of the face of the franchise

This being the land of excess, here's the latest, unabridged Ryan Zimmerman shoulder conversation. A few things to note: He took a few swings today, but he also spoke for the first time about the chance of dealing with possible shoulder pain for the rest of the season.

This is the fourth day in a row -- or maybe the fifth; I forget -- that a semi-circle of tape recorders have surrounded RZ for some kind of injury update. I can see all this talking taking a toll on him, if only because today, in his first answer (a kind of diagnostic preamble) he basically amalgamated every thought/statement/cliche into one paradoxical answer.

You'll read that, and then you can read some more.

"It feels better each day, so you know, it's good. It hasn't gotten worse at all, and that's all we're looking for. I just kind realized it's aching and it's hurting and it's getting better each day, getting stronger, but hopefully I'll be back hopefully by the end of this series; if not, we have an off day Monday, and that's an extra day. So, at the latest, when we get home."

On taking a few swings today: "I took a few. Nothing 100 percent or live BP. Still a little tight, still a little pain. But I wouldn't be too worried about it."

On the shoulder's general condition: "I wouldn't say it's all the way back. I don't know if it will be back all the way until the season is over and I have a chance to rest it for more than a week. But, you know, that's me: I want to play, and if I have to play through a little pain I don't see a problem with that. It's just a matter of making sure I can't hurt anything else further and being able to handle the pain without having to take pain medication every day."

On whether a DL trip seems possible: "I don't think so. It would have to get worse for me to do that. I feel confident that I could play in the next couple days, but like I said before, I had to learn how to be a little patient. It's a learning experience for me."

On the week when he played in spite of the injury: "Well, it's weird, because a couple days after [the injury] it felt fine. I don't know if I did something to it further that made it kind of hurt a bit more to the point where I felt I thought about taking a couple days off. But we'll see what happens. It's almost like batting practice and the extra stuff makes it hurt worse than just playing in the game. You have four at bats a day and you might swing five or six times. It doesn't hurt at all when I field. It's all about just the hitting part, trying to get it strong enough and healthy enough to do that well."

By Chico Harlan  |  May 30, 2008; 8:18 PM ET
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