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Bill Ladson

Zimmerman part of Nationals' postseason roster

Zimmerman part of Nationals' postseason roster

WASHINGTON -- Ryan Zimmerman has made the Nationals' postseason roster, according to manager Matt Williams. The skipper did not say if Zimmerman was going to start any of the National League Division Series games against the Giants, but he saw some matchups within the series that could involve Zimmerman. The NLDS begins Friday at 3 p.m. ET (watch on FOX Sports 1).

Zimmerman, who missed most of the second half because of a Grade 3 right hamstring strain, played an intrasquad game earlier this week and ran the bases well, according to Williams. He did not play third base, but he was able to play left field.

"Without having a foolproof plan at this point, he's going to get in there and he's going to be available for us," Williams said.

  Date Time Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   SF 3, WAS 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   SF 2, WAS 1 (18 inn.) video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   WAS 4, SF 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   SF 3, WAS 2 video

Since he returned to action, Zimmerman has played mostly left field and has seen some time at first base, but he has not seen any action at third. Asked if he would play third base again, Zimmerman said, "I don't know. It's a tough question to answer, but I think we have a pretty good young third baseman [in Anthony Rendon]. He has had a hell of a year. For us to have the best chance to win, that's where he needs to play, and I understand that. It's not a big deal for me.

"Like I said in the beginning, the 24 other guys would do that same thing, because that's why this team has gone to where it's at. I'm excited to be a part of it, and hopefully [I will] help us win games in some capacity."

Zimmerman said he still doesn't know what his role will be, but he said that he will do anything to help the team.

"I'm here to do whatever it takes to help us win," Zimmerman said. "And if it's coming off the bench, playing left or playing first or playing third -- everyone in this clubhouse is here to win games, especially now. I'm no different than anyone else."

Asked if he felt a difference in the hamstring from the last day of the season to now, Zimmerman said, "The more time we have, the better it's going to get. Every day makes it better. But it's not significantly better than it was four or five days ago, but every day helps."

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.