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Ryan Zimmerman close to return

Updated: May 31, 2014, 1:49 AM ET
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WASHINGTON -- Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, recovering from a broken right thumb, began a rehab assignment with the club's Class-A farm team in Potomac, Virginia.

Zimmerman went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly while serving as the designated hitter Friday night.

Washington manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman is close to returning and could play third base, first base and/or left field at Potomac.

Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 13 ...

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