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Bill Ladson

Zimmerman nearing rehab assignment

Zimmerman nearing rehab assignment

BALTIMORE -- Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman's left foot continues to feel better, according to manager Matt Williams.

Zimmerman took batting practice and ground balls for the second day in a row Saturday, and the Nationals are hoping that he can start a rehab assignment after the Minor League All-Star break. Zimmerman has not played since June 9 because of plantar fasciitis.

"It depends on how he comes through the next few days," Williams said. "But he feels good. I know that. It's a good sign. The walking and the jogging, he is putting a little more stress on it now. He feels a lot better."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.