WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 03: Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals at the plate against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on April 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
After six rehab starts in the minors, Ryan Zimmerman is hitting .381with two doubles and a triple. Now he's ready to rejoin the Nats.
It will be nice to have you back, Mr. Zimmerman.
He spent a game with Low-A Hagerstown with future Nats star Bryce Harper, three with High-A Potomac and two this weekend with AAA Syracuse.
For the Potomac Nationals, it is tradition for big-leaguers making rehab starts to feed the team. Zimmerman certainly did his part.
"He bought the team a really nice spread of food after one of the games," P-Nats general manager Josh Olerud said. "It was very generous."
Zimmerman, a class act as always, did even more.
In the minors, players are required to pay dues for each game, ranging from around $5 to $11. Zimmerman apparently added a nice tip for the P-Nats clubhouse folks.
"He took very good care of our clubhouse guys," Olerud said.
A great hitter, fielder and tipper. What more can you ask for?
The big Nats will certainly be grateful to have their third baseman back. Jerry Hairston and Alex Cora are batting .237 and .248, respectively, this season compared to Zimmerman's .357 pre-injury mark.
Other impact players around the league will be making returns to Major League rosters shortly. Minnesota Twins All-Star catcher Joe Mauer is rehabbing in the minors and St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is hoping to come off the disabled list on Thursday.
If all goes as planned for Holliday, he will be slated to face John Lannan at Nats Park in his return.