Strasburg and Zimmerman expected to return Friday

Josh Luckenbaugh
July 17, 2018 - 6:36 pm
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The Nationals have a deep hole to climb out of, Washington currently sitting five games out of a playoff spot. Fortunately for the Nats, it looks like they'll have several reinforcements returning to the roster once the All-Star break ends.

Nats manager Davey Martinez told reporters on Tuesday that Stephen Strasburg, who has been out for over a month with right shoulder inflammation, will most likely be the starter Friday against the Atlanta Braves. 

Strasburg compiled a 6-6 record with a 3.46 ERA before his stint on the disabled list, and should provide a boost to Washington's struggling starting rotation. 

Martinez also said Ryan Zimmerman could make his return Friday as well, barring a setback. 

Zimmerman hasn't played since May after a strained right oblique forced him onto the DL, but played well in a rehab game with the Potomac Nationals on Monday, going 2 for 2 with a walk, an RBI, and three runs scored. He is scheduled to play another rehab game with the Harrisburg Senators Tuesday night. 

However, Zimmerman may find playing time hard to come by when he returns, Matt Adams and Mark Reynolds both impressing during his absence. 

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