Ryan Zimmerman has never had much use for the Grapefruit League. Every year, he does make it hard to read between the lines of what he says about spring training. He could get ready for the season in a week, probably, which is why he does not find the slow pace of recovering from shoulder surgery bothersome.

“Absolutely not, because it keeps me out of games,” Zimmerman said, laughing before he clarified that he was joking, that he enjoys being out there with his teammates.

Today, Zimmerman took another step in his recovery process this spring. He took batting practice on the field with the rest of his teammates, rather than in the batting cage out of view. He smashed the ball all over Space Coast Stadium and looked exactly like himself.

“I don’t obviously just jump out there and go right into it, but it feels good,” Zimmerman said. “No surprises. Just got to continue getting the throwing going, and as soon as that’s ready, obviously the hitting will be ready before that.”

Said Manager Davey Johnson: “He looked great. He said he still thinks he’s got a little bit left, but they all looked good. I thought it was a very impressive batting practice.”

Zimmerman said his hitting is far ahead of his throwing, as expected, but Zimmerman’s throwing continues to progress, too. In pre-workout warm-ups, Zimmerman is up to throwing the ball 90 feet. He seems to be putting more steam on the ball lately, firing overhand with a team trainer.