The last update on 29-year-old Washington Nationals' third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (fractured right thumb) came from Nats' skipper Matt Williams, who told reporters including Washington Post writer James Wagner on Monday that the Nationals' '05 1st Round pick, "... has been working out and lifting but not using his thumb."
The WaPost reported noted yesterday that Williams said breaks like the one Zimmerman suffered on a pickoff play at second a few weeks back in Atlanta usually take 3-4 weeks to heal, after which the player can start baseball-related activities as part of the rehab process.
Zimmerman provided his own update today when he appeared on 106.7 the FAN in D.C. to talk to hosts Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier.
"I think last Sunday was three weeks," Zimmerman told the show's hosts when they asked how he was coming along. "So kind of this week is a big week to see how it starts feeling. It's been feeling better each week as we go, and they said up until four weeks it's got to heal and then after four weeks you can sort of start doing some rehab stuff on it and then from there it's just you've got to X-ray it and make sure it's healed, and then after it's healed we can kind of start doing baseball stuff and see how long it's going to take.
"Still a few weeks out," Zimmerman said, "but the team is playing great."
Asked what impressed him most about what his teammates have done since he's been out, Zimmerman said it was the way some players have stepped up with all the injuries in the first month-plus.
"I think it's starting to remind me a lot of 2012," Zimmerman told Grant and Danny. "And I don't like saying that this early in the season, but we went through a lot of the same injuries, missing some key guys for an extended period of time and the guys that came into the season not thinking they're going to get 200-300 at bats did and kind of ran with it. I think the guys that are getting opportunities now have really stepped up. They've done more than what they were asked to do at the beginning of the year and that's how a good team wins."
• Check out the entire interview with Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier HERE.
And if you weren't aware, details on Zimmerman's Night at the Park benefit for MS research are starting to come out and tickets are on sale tomorrow...