Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI triple in his return to the Nationals lineup

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Ryan Zimmerman missed 55 games with a torn hamstring. During that time the Nats didn’t miss a beat, taking the NL East title with ease in a spectacular second half of the season. But that doesn’t mean they’re not happy to have him back. And last night he showed us why.

Zimmerman had two hits, including an RBI triple in the Nationals win over Miami last night. He also got thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice, but cut the dude some slack, he’s been on the shelf for 55 games.

Going forward, Zimmerman is expected to play a lot of left field. Last night that gave Bryce Harper a night off, but Matt Williams said after the game that Harper will likely play some center and right field as well, ensuring that all of Washington’s starters get some rest as they gear up for the playoffs. Once the playoffs start it’s not clear what Zimmerman’s role will be, but he sure is showing that his bat is just fine. And you have to figure Williams would like the flexibility he provides.