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Bill Ladson

Zimmerman's rib cage 'feels good'

Zimmerman's rib cage 'feels good'

WASHINGTON -- Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is recovering nicely from a rib cage injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list before the All-Star break.

Zimmerman was seen doing running drills with Daniel Murphy before Sunday's game against the Pirates. After that, Zimmerman ran the bases without any apparent problems. The next big test will be swinging a bat.

"Things are coming along. I'm going day by day," Zimmerman said. "I have six or seven days before I'm allowed to come off [the disabled list]. I haven't done anything to talk about. But [the rib cage] feels good."

Zimmerman first noticed the problem with his rib cage in his third at-bat against the Brewers on July 6, a game in which he went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.

"It wasn't a bad injury," Zimmerman said. "Having the All-Star break at this time kind of helped out. But I'm trying to get healthy and come back. The second half is the fun half to be a part of. The team is playing great. I just want to get healthy, come back and help this team win."

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 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.