Zimmerman jogs for first time since injury

Zimmerman jogs for first time since injury

WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, on the disabled list because of an abdominal strain, said he jogged for the first time Friday at Nationals Park.

However, there isn't any timetable for when he will be able to resume baseball activities. After having surgery to fix the problem, Zimmerman is hoping to return to action sometime in June.

He acknowledged that he has watched the Nationals play, and said the pitching and defense have looked above average. He also said that it's tough to score runs when the team is missing players like center fielder Rick Ankiel, who is also on the disabled list.

"The hitting is starting to come around," Zimmerman said. "It's always tough when some people are banged up -- Rick and [Michael Morse] being hurt a little bit. ... [The Nationals] had a tough road trip to score runs. They did a good job the last two series after getting beat up [against the Phillies]. It's hard to come back and win two series against Florida and Atlanta. It shows you what this club is all about."

Zimmerman is going through the second major injury of his career. In 2008, he suffered a small labral tear in his left shoulder after sliding headfirst into second base against the Orioles.