Ryan Zimmerman expects to return Tuesday from right shoulder inflammation that convinced the Nationals to scratch roughly 30 minutes before the start of their 3-2 victory today over the Miami Marlins. Zimmerman received treatment during the game and will also sit tomorrow before a scheduled off day Monday.

Zimmerman said he could have played – or even pinch-hit if the 10-inning game dragged on – but he and the Nationals both decided to take the precaution of not playing. Zimmerman has no structural damage in his shoulder, a team spokesman said. He said he has not had an MRI on his shoulder and has no plans to undergo the exam.

Zimmerman had felt the inflammation for several days, a buildup from "just diving around and jamming it a little bit," he said. When Zimmerman tried to warm up today in the batting cage, he felt tight. After consulting with Manager Davey Johnson, he decided against playing.