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Nationals News: Jordan Zimmermann, sooner rather than later

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  Jordan Zimmermann has come off the disabled list and was optioned to AAA Syracuse. He made six rehab starts and accrued a 2.38 ERA.

  Derek Norris says that he's excited to play in the AFL this fall, particularly because he was kept out last season with a hamate injury sustained during the final at bat of the 2009 season.

  John Lannan made his return to the major league rotation on Sunday, going five innings and allowing two runs. He wasn't at his best, but Steve McCatty said that he was "back to what [he's] used to seeing," a good thing to say about the Nats' Opening Day starter.

  Atahualpa Severino was optioned to AAA Syracuse on Sunday, Justin Maxwell will be called up to take his place today. Severino didn't make his MLB debut during this stint with the major league club.

  The Nats finished their homestand 4-2, winning both series against the Braves and the Phillies. Jim Riggleman says that the Nats aren't that far from competing.

  Stephen Strasburg has resumed playing catch and hopes to be pitching again soon, but the Nats are certainly going to handle him very carefully. He's eligible to come off the disabled list on August 6, but likely won't come back that early.

  Nyjer Morgan was heckled on Nyjer Morgan bobblehead night by Phillies fans. Watch the video on Nats Enquirer.