Ryan Zimmerman plays seven innings in left at Potomac, to play nine Monday


Ryan Zimmerman after taking batting practice on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ryan Zimmerman played seven innings in left field at Class A Potomac on Sunday afternoon — his third straight day of playing on his minor league rehab assignment — and had no physical issues, according to Nationals Manager Matt Williams. Zimmerman, who has missed 44 games with a fractured right thumb, is next scheduled to play nine innings on Monday with Potomac, Williams said.

Zimmerman went 2 for 4 with an RBI single and an RBI double on Sunday. Williams said, based on the team’s reports from the game,  Zimmerman was caught in a rundown on the bases and slid headfirst into third base.

When telling reporters about the rundown, Williams breathed a deep sigh of relief, happy Zimmerman didn’t get hurt again. Zimmerman originally broke his thumb diving back to second base on a pickoff.

Zimmerman had several chances while in left, where two doubles and a single were hit toward him. He also caught one flyball — a blooper to left field — calling off the shortstop to make the catch on the run.

“Did fine,” Williams said. “So he’s got another one [Monday].”

The Nationals and Zimmerman have targeted a potential Tuesday return for the veteran. Williams is expected to watch Zimmerman’s Monday rehab game on the Nationals’ day off.

 

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.

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