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Nationals to activate Ryan Zimmerman from DL tomorrow

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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)

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Last night Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported that Ryan Zimmerman could return from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday and today he confirmed it via team source, writing: “Now it’s definite.”

Zimmerman, who’s been out since mid-April with an abdominal injury that required surgery, went 8-for-21 (.381) with four extra-base hits and a 1.054 OPS while rehabbing in the minors.

He was off to a great start prior to the injury, hitting .357 with a 1.022 OPS through eight games, but Jerry Hairston Jr. and Alex Cora have struggled to replace him at third base, combining to hit just .255 with two homers and a .648 OPS since April 10.