WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, on the disabled list because of an abdominal strain, said he jogged for the first time Friday at Nationals Park.
However, there isn't any timetable for when he will be able to resume baseball activities. After having surgery to fix the problem, Zimmerman is hoping to return to action sometime in June.
He acknowledged that he has watched the Nationals play, and said the pitching and defense have looked above average. He also said that it's tough to score runs when the team is missing players like center fielder Rick Ankiel, who is also on the disabled list.
"The hitting is starting to come around," Zimmerman said. "It's always tough when some people are banged up -- Rick and [Michael Morse] being hurt a little bit. ... [The Nationals] had a tough road trip to score runs. They did a good job the last two series after getting beat up [against the Phillies]. It's hard to come back and win two series against Florida and Atlanta. It shows you what this club is all about."
Zimmerman is going through the second major injury of his career. In 2008, he suffered a small labral tear in his left shoulder after sliding headfirst into second base against the Orioles.
Desmond tweaks quad, likely to sit Saturday
WASHINGTON -- Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hurt his left quadriceps in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Marlins and is not expected to play Saturday.
Desmond said he hurt the quad running the bases early in the game. Manager Jim Riggleman doesn't think Desmond will go on the disabled list.
"It was early in the game where it got me," said Desmond, who went 2-for-6. "It wasn't getting worse, but it was there. I never had anything like this before. I knew my body was telling me it was to the point I didn't want to push it anymore. I should be all right."
Ankiel's recovery from wrist injury going slowly
WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Rick Ankiel is slowly recovering from a right wrist injury and is not expected to come off the disabled list Wednesday.
Ankiel has been able to hit off a tee, but he has yet to take batting practice. Ankiel most likely will not be back on the field for another 10 days. Manager Jim Riggleman indicated that Ankiel most likely will not have a rehab assignment.
In the meantime, Roger Bernadina and Laynce Nix will get the majority of the playing time in center and left field, respectively, while Michael Morse will stay on the bench. According to a baseball source, the Nationals have not been happy with the way Morse has played offensively and defensively this season. He is hitting .235 with two home runs and 11 RBIs.
It will be interesting to see what will happen to Morse once Ankiel comes off the DL. If Morse remains on the roster, he will stay on the bench, according to the source.
Rehabbing Gaudin likely to play catch Sunday
WASHINGTON -- Nationals pitcher Chad Gaudin is expected to play catch on Sunday. It comes a little over two weeks after he was placed on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder.
Before the injury, Gaudin was coming out of the bullpen, appearing in 10 games and allowing six earned runs in 8 1/3 innings.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.