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Posted at 07:38 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Ryan Zimmerman to play in extended spring training game

Ryan Zimmerman will played in an extended spring training game for the first time tomorro, his most significant step since undergoing surgery in early May to repair a torn abdominal muscle. Zimmerman still feels “a little discomfort” when he throws, Manager Jim Riggleman said.

The Nationals have not changed their expectation that Zimmerman will return around mid-June. Zimmerman reported to Viera, Fla. more than a week ago, at which point he began light baseball activity. “I think it’s getting a little better every day,” Riggleman said. “He’s progressing.”

Zimmerman has not played since April 9, the Nationals’ eighth game of the season. The Nationals are 19-26 without their best player. Despite having missed all but eight games, Zimmerman still ranks fourth on the team in Wins Above Replacement at 0.6, per FanGraphs.com.

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