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Hagerstown comes to the Nationals Park

The Nationals announced that Class AA Harrisburg Danny Espinosa and Class A Hagerstown outfielder Eury Perez will participate in the Futures Game, a showcase of minor league players set to take place July 9 before the All-Star Game.

Their inclusion in the game highlighted today's minor league feel. Five players from Hagerstown - Perez, Justin Bloxom, J.R. Higley, Francisco Soriano and Jeff Kobernus - came to Nationals Park during their league's all-star break. They took swings against Jordan Zimmermann, who as part of his rehab from Tommy John surgery threw another simulated game.

"He's unreal," Bloxom said, eyes widening and head shaking slowly. "He's so good."

(Zimmermann is scheduled to return sometime during the first two weeks of August. "He's really throwing the ball good," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "He's on a real nice pace. He's been a little hard to hold back, because he's been so good.")

The minor leaguers watched television - MLB Network - in the Nationals clubhouse and watched batting practice from behind the hitting cage. Wearing street clothes, they chatted with a few Nationals players and took in the scene at the park where they hope they'll play someday.

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 22, 2010; 5:58 PM ET
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