Ryan Zimmerman walks a mile just 24 hours after surgery

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Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn rectus muscle in his abdomen. By Wednesday afternoon, he was already back to working out.

According to Ben Goessling of MASN, the 26-year-old was able to walk a mile on treadmill Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The mile took 30 minutes to complete, but the workout represents a sure sign that Zimmerman’s surgery went well and that he is on track for a projected mid-June return to the major leagues.

“I’ve learned you never cancel out either being early or being late,” Zimmerman told MASN. “The human body’s a weird thing – longer, shorter, you never know. But the doctors said everything looked good and hopefully we’ll be right at that mark.”

Zimmerman was batting .357/.486/.536 with one home run and four RBI over his first 37 plate appearances before suffering an abdominal strain in an early-April game against the Mets.

HardballTalk’s own Matthew Pouliot took a look last week at how Zimmerman’s absence will affect the Nationals both offensively and defensively. The conclusion? It’s not pretty.

Andrew Miller leaves game with a bum hamstring

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Indians reliever Andrew Miller left last night’s game against the Cubs with left hamstring tightness.

Miller threw just two pitches before clutching his leg and leaving the field. He’s day-to-day for now — and manager Terry Francona noted that he had a similar injury a few years back and only missed a few days — but hamstring injuries can be anywhere from annoying to serious, so nothing definitive will be said by the club until he undergoes an MRI. Given how critical he is to the Indians, who are likely postseason bound, figure that the team will err on the side of caution with a DL sting regardless.

Miller has yet to allow a run in ten innings of work.