Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS 15 Hrs

Zimmerman is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.

Zimmerman was activated from the disabled list Saturday to get the start in left field, but he'll take a seat Sunday in favor of Kevin Frandsen. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Zimmerman experienced a bit of expected soreness in his hamstring following Saturday's game, and the Nationals are just playing it safe for now. The team has admitted he won't be at 100 percent for the remainder of 2014, so look for them to continue to give Zimmerman regular off-days. The lineup inconsistency makes him a bit of a risky fantasy play during the final week of the season.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS 23 Hrs

Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Zimmerman returned from a hamstring injury after missing 55 games and immediately made an impact in Saturday's game. With the Nationals down two runs to none, he tripled in a run in the 7th to start the comeback and finished the game with two hits.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS 1 Day

Zimmerman "won't be 100 percent until next year" but still expects to start a good portion of games the rest of the season, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

Zimmerman participated in some instructional league games earlier in the week, and was activated as expected on Saturday. Zimmerman should provide the Nationals with another good bat despite not being 100 percent, and could see time at third base, first base and left field over the remainder of the regular season and into the playoffs.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS 1 Day

Zimmerman (hamstring) was activated from the disabled list Saturday, MLB.com's Amanda Comak reports.

Zimmerman suffered the hamstring injury July 22, and missed 55 games because of it. He will add another big bat to a lineup that already runs deep with talent. It will be interesting to see how the Nats' decide to work Zimmerman into the lineup with Anthony Rendon having a good season and the team adding Asdrubal Cabrera at second base. Zimmerman also can play some left field, so he may be moved around in a utility fashion.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS 2 Days

Nationals manager Matt Williams will use Zimmerman (hamstring) as a utility player over the final 10 games of the season, the Washington Post reports. "I'm sure he'll play third," Williams said. "I'm sure he'll play first and left. He'll come off the bench some probably, too. If we get an opportunity, and he's not playing that day, we can get him an at-bat."

Williams will be looking for ways to rest current starters Bryce Harper, Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rendon, so while Zimmerman won't get a starter's workload he should see a useful number of at-bats. He also needs just one more appearance at first base to give him five GP and qualify there in many leagues, which could provide a nice bit of flexibility over the season's final days.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS 2 Days

Zimmerman (hamstring) will join the team in Miami after playing in an instructional league game Friday, and will likely be activated before Saturday's game, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Mark Zuckerman reports.

He played seven innings in an instructional league game, and his hamstring apparently is responding well, so he'll join the Nationals late Friday. Zimmerman will not be an everyday player at first for the Nationals, but fantasy owners may get several starts out of the team's third baseman down the stretch.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS 4 Days

Zimmerman (hamstring) played five innings in an instructional league game Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports.

Leading off every inning for both "teams" in the simulated outing, Zimmerman went 4-for-8 at the dish, while playing two innings at third base and three at first. He'll DH on Thursday and then play seven innings in left field Friday, with a decision on his return to the big club to follow. There's a chance he could be back as soon as Saturday against the Marlins.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS 5 Days

Zimmerman (hamstring) will play five innings in a simulated game Wednesday, serve as the DH Thursday and play seven innings Friday, after which the Nationals will determine whether he's ready to return Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

Zimmerman played a simulated game Tuesday, notching two doubles in five at-bats. He'll continue to see work in a simulated environment for the rest of the week, and it's possible he'll rejoin the Nationals over the weekend. If that's the case, the Nats aren't likely to use him on an everyday basis, as they hope to have Zimmerman at full strength come playoff time.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS 6 Days

Zimmerman (hamstring) went through a full workout with the Nationals' instructional league team Monday and will play three innings of offense and defense (first base) in a simulated game Tuesday.

Following Tuesday's action, Zimmerman is expected to play five innings Wednesday, play as the designated hitter on Thursday, and then the Nationals will evaluate what the next step in his rehab will be. It's looking like a return to the Nationals during the final two weeks of the regular season is a possibility, but it has already been reported that upon his return, he won't be an everyday player, so there's still very little single-season fantasy upside here. He could very well be a key part of a postseason run, however, which is all Washington is worried about.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS 9 Days

Zimmerman (hamstring) will face live pitching with the Nationals' instructional league team in Florida on Monday, the Washington Post reports.

Zimmerman will take another step towards his return Monday when he finally faces live pitching. He is also expected to play in a rehab game with the team at some point next week, which is the last step before returning to the Nats. The veteran third baseman should return to the team before the end of the season and will likely participate in the playoffs if the Nationals make it.