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Nationals 3B Zimmerman expects to leave DL Tuesday

Associated Press Modified: May 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm •  Published: May 5, 2012

Zimmerman is batting .224 with one homer and seven RBIs in 15 games this season. Last year he hit .289 with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs.

When he returns, Zimmerman intends to play third base without considering the possibility of re-injuring his shoulder.

"Not unless you want me to stop diving," he said. "These things are just things that happen. You play enough games, you're going to get hurt. Unfortunately, I had to miss some games. Sometimes you can play through it, sometimes you can't. It is better this way. It's frustrating, but it was better to do it this way."

When Zimmerman went on the disabled list, the Nationals called up 19-year-old Bryce Harper. The rookie was batting .316 with four doubles in six games through Friday.