Ryan Zimmerman likely to return in Florida
Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, out of the starting lineup for six straight games with a sore right hamstring, probably will not start again until the team's trip to Florida to play the Marlins in a three-game series starting on Thursday.
But while his absence may have been longer than initially expected - what was believed to be a cramp in the hamstring has turned out to be more serious - Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman on Tuesday said Zimmerman would not be placed on the disabled list.
"We're pretty much going to wait it out in this weather until we get to Florida," Riggleman said of the 50-degree temperature in Chicago.
The Nationals have taken a cautious approach with Zimmerman, particularly this week in windy Chicago, where the Nationals are facing the Cubs in a three-game series that opened on Monday. The warmer temperatures in Florida could be more conducive to his return to the lineup.
"Obviously, it's not the best weather for a hamstring," Zimmerman said of Chicago on Tuesday. "I'm getting better and better each day. We just want to make sure 100 percent when I come back it's a non-issue, don't have to worry about it for the rest of the year."
Zimmerman, who has been used as a pinch hitter, has gone through his normal workout routine since Sunday, but he said he has yet to run in a full sprint. He said he would try to run more on Tuesday, depending on how he felt after getting loose.
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