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Zimmerman sits out series opener vs. LA

Zimmerman sits out series opener vs. LA

WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman didn't start in his second successive game after tweaking his right hamstring Wednesday against the Rockies. Manager Jim Riggleman said Zimmerman is available to pinch-hit and most likely will not play Saturday afternoon against the Dodgers.

However, Zimmerman said the hamstring is getting better. It got better to the point where he was able to take light batting practice in the cage before Friday's game. He did not appear to be in any pain.

"[The hamstring] is doing well," Zimmerman said. "It felt 100 percent better than it did yesterday. Yesterday, I was pretty sore. I woke up today and it felt pretty good. Maybe we will fire away tomorrow."