ATLANTA -- Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will continue to travel with the Nationals even though he is out for the season because of innings limitations.
Even so, he will not be idle during the final month of the season, and he will continue to play catch, run and lift weights.
"I'm doing all of my normal stuff. I'm just not going to be pitching," Zimmermann said.
After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2009, Zimmermann had a limit of 160 innings, which he exceeded by 1 1/3 frames. Until he was declared done, he was Washington's best starter, going 8-11 with a 3.18 ERA.
"I feel great, and I feel strong. I wish I could keep going," he said."I know there is a process where you don't want to pitch too much. If I pitch another 40 extra innings and something happens, you are looking back, thinking, 'Maybe we should have shut him down.' I think it's probably the right move, and then I'll come back during Spring Training and be able to throw 200-plus innings."
In 2012, Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg -- who is expected to make his season debut on Tuesday against the Dodgers after missing most of the season because of his own Tommy John surgery -- are expected to be the 1-2 punch in Washington's rotation.
Zimmermann can't wait for that to happen.
"I'm excited to have him come up this year and be able to watch him," he said. "I've seen him pitch a couple of times. His stuff is electric. I'm sure he will be on the same pitch limit. It's going to be an exciting year next year, and I can't wait."
Ramos remains sidelined with food poisoning
ATLANTA -- Catcher Wilson Ramos missed his second consecutive game because of food poisoning, though he was able to play catch and take batting practice before Wednesday's game against the Braves, an indication that he is feeling better. He could start as early as Thursday against Atlanta.
Ramos believes he contracted the food poisoning on Monday night after eating shrimp and French fries, though it wasn't until Tuesday morning that he started to feel ill.
"I didn't eat anything since yesterday. [When I tied to eat], I threw it up," Ramos said before Wednesday's game. "I was feeling so bad last night. So now [I'm ready] to eat something, but I have to wait a little bit, but I'm feeling better."
Ramos has received most of the playing time behind the plate this season. Entering Wednesday's action, he was hitting .248 with 12 home runs -- a Nationals record for a catcher -- and 40 RBIs. In his last nine starts, he was 9-for-32 with three home runs and five RBIs.
Although he is doing much better at the plate, Ramos feels there is room for improvement. He believes that he needs to be more patient, as he is known for swinging at the first pitch in crucial situations.
"[I have to] just concentrate a little bit more and get a good pitch to hit. A couple of times, I swung at bad pitches. That's the thing I have to fix," he said.
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.