Ryan Zimmerman has been activated from the disabled list and will make his first career start in left field for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Zimmerman was out for 44 games with a fractured right thumb. Zimmerman injured his thumb while diving back to second base on a pickoff attempt.
Zimmerman has played 1,119 career games at third base and one game at shortstop. During his rehab stint at single-A Potomac, Zimmerman made his debut in the outfield. With Bryce Harper out until mid-July and his replacement, Nate McLouth, is hitting just .180 this season.
Zimmerman’s bat will provide better offensive production. He was hitting .364 to start the season with two home runs and six RBI’s. He is a lifetime .286 hitter and hits for good power, averaging 26 home runs per season during his nine-year career.
Tyler Moore will be optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to make room on the 25-man roster for Zimmerman.