The Washington Nationals Low-A Ball affiliate the Hagerstown Suns have had quite the exciting season so far. Not only do they lead the South Atlantic League Northern division, but they also have one of baseball's hottest prospects, outfielder Bryce Harper in its ranks to help get the job done on the field and fill up seats. Friday, it was announced the Suns have something else to be excited about: Nationals All-Star third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is set to begin his rehab assignment in Suns uniform this coming Sunday.
Zimmerman, out since early April with a torn abdominal muscle, required surgery and some healing time before performing in some extended Spring Training games in Florida. Now, the next step is a rehab stint with Hagerstown which means Zimmerman's return to the big club is growing closer. Zimmerman's visit to Hagerstown also means he will rejoin with Harper for the first time since March when the two took part in Nationals Spring Training games together in Viera. The franchise face teams with the future once more.
It will be the first time the Gold Glove carrying Zimmerman plays for the Suns. After being drafted in 2005, Zimmerman spent a brief period of time with the Savannah Sand Gnats before leaping to the Double-A Harrisburg Senators. Zimmerman's first rehab start with Hagerstown is scheduled for Sunday, June 5th at 4:05 P.M. in Hagerstown, Maryland.