Following Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Mets, Nationals veteran utility man Mark DeRosa turned to Ryan Zimmerman and said, "You made it back." It's a remark that has been uttered several times already about Zimmerman since late June. But with every passing game, hit and home run, Zimmerman is making his turnaround since his dreadful early slump feel even more dramatic.

After starting the season slowly, dealing with a shoulder injury that was root of his slump and receiving a magical cortisone shot on June 24 that erased the pain and struggles at the plate, Zimmerman has been on a rampage. He can be a streaky hitter but he demolished the ball in July. He's again on a tear, homering in four of his past five games. It seems absurd to think that the third baseman was hitting .218 with three home runs and 22 RBI nearly three months into the season. Now, when Zimmerman looks up at the scoreboard and see his production — .287, 22 home runs and 84 RBI — he can smile.