Zimmerman continues to swing hot bat

Zimmerman continues to swing hot bat

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman continues to swing a hot bat. On Monday against the Cardinals, Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBIs in an 8-4 victory.

Entering Tuesday's action against the Tigers, Zimmerman is 7-for-12 (.583) with two home runs and five RBIs. Manager Davey Johnson said his third baseman looks like he is in midseason form.

"After I saw him hit three at-bats, I thought he was locked in. He has been locked in ever since," Johnson said. "You talk about leading by example, he is definitely leading by example. Everything he does, his worth ethic, everything."

Zimmerman doesn't think his great start is a big deal. He pointed out that pitchers throw almost nothing but fastballs during the early part of spring. Zimmerman said he didn't see a breaking ball until his third at-bat against the Cardinals. He ended up striking out in that at-bat.

"I've seen all fastballs during the first week and a half. Pitchers don't throw too many breaking balls," Zimmerman said. "If you are in the big leagues, you can hit a fastball. It's good to see some curveballs, some breaking balls.

"Obviously, the next week, week and a half, most pitchers will start throwing all of their pitches. It's good to see more of those [breaking balls] to really get comfortable. I feel good. I'm not going to lie. I'm comfortable. The body feels great. It's good to be getting hits than not getting hits."