Ryan Zimmerman will hit off a tee on Friday and, even though he is eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday, he could make his return from an inflamed right shoulder injury on Tuesday at Pittsburgh, Manager Davey Johnson said.

At first, Zimmerman was hoping to return for the Nationals' showcase game against rival Philadelphia Phillies on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball." But Johnson said his star third baseman was likely guessing how soon he could come back and cautioned against having him return too soon. Johnson said Zimmerman would be evaluated after he swings on Friday.