Making his way back from a hamstring injury, Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-7 while serving as the designated hitter in an intrasquad game at the Nationals’ spring training complex in Florida today.
Nationals manager Matt Williams got a positive report on how Zimmerman looked, telling James Wagner of the Washington Post:
He ran down the line and took some grounders, which is good and went down the line hard. … He hit a couple balls to short and had to kinda go, which is a good thing for him. We all want him to get a million hits but those are probably more important to test the leg. He played good.
Williams indicated that Zimmerman is still running at around 85 percent after being out since July 22. It’s possible he could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend, but the Nationals haven’t said exactly how they plan to use Zimmerman during the final week and into the playoffs.