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Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored versus the Rockies on Monday.

Zimmerman had a nice offensive and defensive game in his return to third base. He'll be testing his troublesome right shoulder a lot more now than Bryce Harper is back hogging left field.

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Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-7 and hit the game-winning two-run home run in the 16th inning as the Nationals outlasted the Brewers 4-2 on Tuesday.

Zimmerman had a pair of hits in six at-bats prior to the two-run shot in the 16th. It was a much-needed confidence boost for the 29-year-old, who was batting just .184/.250/.263 since returning from the disabled list on June 3. It's been a struggle, but Zimmerman should get it going any day now. Maybe Tuesday was that day.

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Ryan Zimmerman went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

Zimmerman was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in his first game back from the disabled list, but he's hitting just .153 (6-for-39) with two doubles and nine strikeouts since. The 29-year-old has exclusively played third base since returning from his fractured thumb, but he's expected to move back to third base when Bryce Harper (thumb) is ready.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS 2 Months

Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in Tuesday's win against the Phillies.

The Nationals activated Zimmerman from the disabled list hours before the start of Tuesday's game and inserted him into the #5 spot in the lineup, starting in left field. Zimmerman won't start every game in left field going forward; he'll also split time between first and third base as well. Zimmerman is slashing .378/.415/.676 in 41 plate appearances this season.

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Nationals activated 3B Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list.

Zimmerman went 5-for-14 (.357) with a double and three RBI over four rehab games with High-A Potomac, but most importantly, he got his first exposure to left field. The Nationals aren't wasting any time, as he'll make his first major league start in left field on Tuesday night. He also figures to shuffle between first base and third base moving forward.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS 2 Months

Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Zimmerman had a pair of hits in his final rehab game at High-A Potomac Monday, clearing the way for him to return to the Nationals' lineup. He played left field in two of his four games and is expected to be used there, in addition to third and some first base, once activated.

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Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) will play left field again Monday in his latest rehab game with High-A Potomac.

Zimmerman made his pro debut in left field on Saturday and played seven innings at the position on Sunday. The plan calls for him to play a full nine innings there Monday. If all goes well, there's a chance he could be activated Tuesday. It's unclear how often the Nationals will play him in left field when he returns, but they are looking for ways to take the stress off his right shoulder while keeping Anthony Rendon at third base.

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Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) will play five innings in left field for High-A Potomac on Saturday.

Zimmerman went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly as the DH for Potomac on Friday. With Bryce Harper on the disabled list for another month, the Nationals appear to be willing to move Zimmerman from his home at third base in order to keep Anthony Rendon at third base and Danny Espinosa at second base.

Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS 2 Months

Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Potomac on Friday.

Zimmerman was just cleared for all baseball activities on Wednesday, so this is a quick turnaround. Although the Nationals haven't said when they think he'll be ready for activation, general manager Mike Rizzo did note recently that it doesn't take Zimmerman long to knock the rust off. He seems likely to rejoin the Nats' lineup by early next week if all goes well. The club reportedly plans to play him some at first base and in left field in addition to third base.

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Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) took part in a full batting practice session and fielded infield ground balls on Wednesday.

"Today," Nationals manager Matt Williams said, "was a big day for him." Zimmerman had been relegated fielding fly balls in the field, and he was only cleared to begin swinging and throwing on Monday. It's still unclear where he'll play upon returning -- he's been taking reps at first base and in left field while unable to field ground balls -- but all three positions, including his native third base, appear to be in play. The next step is a rehab assignment, which could come as early as the weekend.