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Ryan Zimmerman jogs for first time since abdominal surgery

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Ryan Zimmerman jogged today for the first time since undergoing abdominal surgery earlier this month, reports Amanda Comak of the Washington Times.

Zimmerman was initially placed on the disabled list on April 12 and had surgery to repair a torn rectus muscle in his abdomen last Tuesday in Philadelphia. He has been limited to walking until today.

“It’s getting better,” Zimmerman said. “It’s still a little bit sore and swelling but that’s normal. I think up to three weeks it can get sore and swell, that’s just from the scar tissue but everything’s gone according to plan and everything looks good.”

There’s no timetable for his return to baseball activities, but Comak writes that Zimmerman’s rehab is on schedule so far. He was initially expected to miss about six weeks following the procedure, which puts him on pace to return in mid-June.

Entering Friday’s action, Nationals’ third basemen are batting .258/.327/.333 with two homers and 10 RBI this season. And that includes Zimmerman’s .357 batting average (10-for-28) to go along with one home run and four RBI prior to going on the disabled list. Ouch.

Doesn’t anyone want to sign Edwin Encarnacion?

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19:  Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians during game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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OXON HILL, MD — Edwin Encarnacion began the offseason as, arguably, the second most desirable free agent on the market. As the Winter Meetings approach their end, however, he is a man without a team. And may not have a team any time soon.

Many teams have been rumored to be checking in on Encarnacion, but the defining trait of his free agency thus far has been clubs taking a pass. The most recent one being the Rangers, who are reported to simply not have the money to sign him, despite him filling a clear offensive need in Texas. Maybe the Rangers would be more competitive on the free agent market if they had a new stadium. Who knows?

The Blue Jays, for whom he most recently played, offered him a four-year, $80 million deal that most figured was a lowball, and when he rejected it, they moved on to Kendrys Morales. The Red Sox acquired Mitch Moreland. The Yankees are reported to be passing. The most recent team linked to Encarnacion is the Indians, who are reported to have an offer out to him, but at this point it’s likely far lower than what most free agent watchers thought he might get a few weeks ago. A four-year, $90 million deal did not seem crazy for him in October. In December, there is speculation that he could be had for $60 million over that same term which, frankly, would be a bargain. That’s less than Mark Melancon, the third best closer on the market, got from the Giants.

There have been a lot of remarkable things that have happened in the past few weeks, but one of the most unexpected things would be one of the top bats in the game getting second-tier closer money.

Late Athletics broadcaster Bill King wins the Ford C. Frick Award

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OXON HILL, MD — Bill King has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

King, one of the iconic voices of Bay Area sports, was known for his handlebar mustache and his signature “Holy Toledo!” exclamation. King broadcast A’s games for 25 seasons, from 1981 through 2005. He likewise broadcast Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors games and got his start as an announcer for the Giants in the late 1950s after they moved to San Francisco.

King passed away in October 2005. With the Frick Award, however, he has now been immortalized among baseball broadcasters.