Nationals activate Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list

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As expected, the Nationals have officially activated Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll bat sixth and play left field in his return tonight against the Marlins. As Mark Zuckerman of notes, this is the lowest Zimmerman has been in the order since his rookie season in 2006.

Zimmerman has been sidelined since July 22 due to a Grade 3 strain of his right hamstring. He ramped up baseball activities this week at the team’s complex in Viera, Florida and played seven innings in left field during a simulated game yesterday. The Nationals want to give him as much playing time as possible over their final nine games so that he can shake the rust and play multiple positions, though his exact role for the postseason isn’t yet clear. According to Zuckerman, Zimmerman told reporters this afternoon that he doesn’t expect to be 100 percent again until 2015.

In addition to his hamstring injury, Zimmerman missed time this season with a fractured right thumb. The 29-year-old is batting .282/.345/.456 with five home runs and 36 RBI over 53 games.