Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters on Saturday that both Sean Doolittle and Ryan Zimmerman would likely be added back to the roster today after each completed rehab assignments.
Doolittle, who’s been out of action since August 17th, when a brutal stretch convinced him he needed to shut things down, heal up (from right knee tendinitis), and straighten out his mechanics, threw a live bullpen in D.C. this week and a scoreless inning of relief with the Nationals’ High-A affiliate, the Potomac Nationals, on Friday.
“Sean was good,” Martinez told reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Byron Kerr on Saturday.
“He was pleased and we were pleased. He’s going to work out today, throw today, see how he feels tomorrow. If everything goes well, he will be activated tomorrow.”
Zimmerman has been on the Injured List since July 21st, returning from a 55-game IL stint for plantar fasciitis on June 28th for an 11-game stretch, over which he went 13 for 43 for a (.302/.326/.419) line with five doubles in 46 plate appearances, before he suffered a partial plantar fascia rupture.
He went 9 for 21 (.429/.500/.571) with three doubles and four walks in his final six rehab games with the P-Nats.
“Zim’s ready to go. He will be back tomorrow, so that will be nice,” Martinez said, as quoted on MASN.
As for how Zimmerman will be used now that he’s back? “I talked to him a little bit,” Martinez said.
“He will play some against the lefties, come off the bench. We got some guys that are playing pretty well. It’s a good problem to have but we can rotate guys in and out.
“Obviously, his defense is really, really good. So, I told him even days you don’t play and you pinch-hit I want you to play defense as well, just be prepared. He’s excited to come back in any capacity. Zim’s a true professional. If he gets going that’d be a huge bat for us. It really will. I’m not going to say that if he starts swinging the bat like Zim can, he’ll play. He’s going to get his playing time, (I) just hope that he gets back and he can finish out the season healthy.”
In addition to Doolittle and Zimmerman, Martinez said more players (with 3 or 4 on his “wish list”) would be coming up with rosters expanding, and the Nats announced before the finale with the Miami Marlins this afternoon that Austin Voth and Jeremy Hellickson were returned from rehab assignments and reinstated, with catcher Raudy Read, infielder Adrián Sanchez, and outfielder Andrew Stevenson added to the roster as September call-ups.