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No surgery for Ryan Zimmerman’s thumb, Wilson Ramos can begin rehab

Ryan Zimmerman. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Ryan Zimmerman will not need surgery on his broken right thumb, Manager Matt Williams said. The third baseman visited a specialist in Cleveland on Monday and, according to Williams, the bone is in place. The break was clean and surgery isn’t needed to set the bone in place.

“That’s a good thing that there’s no surgery and invasive things that need to be done,” Williams said. “So he’s just healing up. Of course, bones take time. As we get back, we’ll put together a program for him to stay in shape as much as possible without using it and go from there. There’s no reason to think anything else.”

Zimmerman broke his thumb diving back to second base when picked off by starter Alex Wood in the fifth inning of Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Zimmerman bent his thumb back and exited the game.

The timetable for his return is still expected to be the same: four to six weeks.

>>> Wilson Ramos had the stitches removed from his left hand, Williams said. Ramos underwent surgery to remove a broken hamate bone on April 2. He can now begin his rehab, which includes everything from stimulation to hand exercises. Ramos left in the seventh inning of the season opener on March 31 with the fractured hamate bone. Ramos could return between early May to late May.

Ramos is working out to stay in shape in the meantime. “All indications are that he is well on the road to recovery,” Williams said.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010, wrote about high school sports across the region for two years and has covered the Nationals since the middle of the 2012 season.
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