Zimmerman feels good hitting off tee

Zimmerman feels good hitting off tee

WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who is on the disabled list because of an inflamed right shoulder, took swings off a batting tee without any pain on Friday. According to manager Davey Johnson, Zimmerman swung the bat at 75 percent.

"He had no discomfort. He felt good about it," Johnson said about Zimmerman.

On Saturday, Zimmerman is expected to take batting practice, and he is still shooting to play against the Pirates on Tuesday. Johnson also left it open that Zimmerman could play against the Phillies on Sunday.

"I'll check with the medical staff, but, knowing Zim, he will probably want to play," Johnson said. "We are scheduled for Tuesday. I would not be averse to Sunday."

Zimmerman will avoid playing in a rehab assignment.

"We are not going to waste those bullets," Johnson said.

Zimmerman has played in 15 games this season, and is 13-for-58 (.224) with a home run and seven RBIs.