Ryan Zimmerman still has pain in side, doubtful to return this season

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From beat writer Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com’s Nats Insider

Ryan Zimmerman’s attempt to return before season’s end continues, but the Nationals first baseman continues to feel a pull in his strained left oblique muscle when he tries to swing, reducing his chances of making that return.

Zimmerman has been taking swings in an indoor cage at Nationals Park over the last few days, but they have not been pain-free workouts.

“Still feels it, unfortunately,” manager Matt Williams said Wednesday. “So, it’s light in the cage. It’s fungo and tee work, a little bit of soft-toss. He’s trying to work through that part of it and get ready to go. But he’s day-to-day still. That’s the best way we can put it.”

Zimmerman has appeared in only 156 games over the last two seasons.

The soon-to-be 31-year-old is still owed $60 million.