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Zimmerman to play for Suns on Sunday

June 03, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown Suns fans will get a preview of the Washington Nationals’ future lineup on Sunday.

They won’t have to dream about Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman in the same lineup. They will see it first hand.

The Suns announced that Zimmerman will be making a rehab appearance in Sunday’s game against Greensboro at 4:05 p.m. at Municipal Stadium.

It will be Zimmerman’s first stop en route to returning to Nationals’ active roster. Washington’s third baseman has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a torn abdominal muscle.

Zimmerman’s rehab assignment was first reported by the Washington Post.

“I really don’t know much about it right now,” said Suns manager Brian Daubach. “I know I’ll find a place for him.”

It will be interesting when Daubach fills out the lineup card — Zimmerman and Harper each hit third in the order.

“We’ll figure it out,” Daubach said.

The Zimmerman-Harper tandem is two-thirds of the Nationals’ projected “Mount Rushmore” of players projected to play in Washington for years to come. The pair will be joined by pitcher Stephen Strasburg to make up the nucleus of the team, possibly as early as mid-season in 2012.

Zimmerman will come to Hagerstown after spending a week at extended spring training to regain his swing and timing. He played four innings in an extended spring game on Friday, going 0-for-4.

Zimmerman has been out of the Nationals’ lineup since April 9, when he tore an abdominal muscle while sliding into second base. He said he suffered the injury during spring training and was trying to play through it. He had surgery to repair the tear on May 3.

Zimmerman was hitting .357 at the time of the injury. The Nationals have played the last 49 games without the player who was considered the face of the franchise.

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