Ryan Zimmerman begins his rehab after surgery

PHILADELPHIA - Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was back at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday after having surgery to repair a torn rectus abdominis muscle. He walked a mile after surgery, like Nationals trainers had planned for him to do, and said he was still sore, but felt like everything was on track.

According to the schedule doctors have laid out for him, Zimmerman is supposed to be back in the Nationals’ lineup in mid-June.

“I’ve learned you never cancel out either being early or being late,” Zimmerman said. “The human body’s a weird thing - longer, shorter, you never know. But the doctors said everything looked good and hopefully we’ll be right at that mark.”

Zimmerman first missed time with an abdominal strain in spring training, but said he wouldn’t have looked at surgery until he slid headfirst into second on April 9 against the Mets. At that point, the healing process would have been far too slow without surgery for Zimmerman to play many games this season.

He said the injury didn’t have anything to do with the strained oblique muscle he had at the end of last season - that “was more precautionary than anything,” he said. But he cruised through his mile on a treadmill; it took him about 30 minutes.

“I was flying,” Zimmerman joked.