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Zimmerman improves, eyes Tuesday return

Zimmerman improves, eyes Tuesday return

Zimmerman improves, eyes Tuesday return
WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said that his right shoulder is feeling better and he is expected to play against the Padres on Tuesday at Petco Park.

Zimmerman missed his first game of the season on Saturday against the Marlins because of mild right shoulder inflammation.

Zimmerman said the shoulder has been bothering him since he made several diving plays last week. On Saturday, Zimmerman was taking batting practice -- with hitting coach Rick Eckstein observing -- when his shoulder tightened up on him. Zimmerman was scratched 30 minutes before the game started against the Marlins.

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"It wasn't bad yesterday by any means," Zimmerman said the shoulder. "It's nice to have a rainout and not a doubleheader [the next day]. Since I'm only going to miss one game instead of two, I don't see any reason why I wouldn't play on Tuesday. So this kind of works out best."

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