HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- On April 28, Ryan Zimmerman jumped to try to catch a high throw at first base and felt discomfort in his right foot. A few days later, he was on the injured list with plantar fasciitis.
The Virginia baseball alum has been on the injured list since, but played 10 innings of baseball over two games this weekend for Double-A Harrisburg to begin a rehab assignment.
Washington hopes to have Zimmerman back in the majors for this weekend's series at Detroit.
"Its tough," Zimmerman said. "All of us, we're all competitors. We want to be on the field and when you can't do that, its frustrating. But its part of the game and if you play long enough, its going to happen. There's some things that are beyond your control and you've just got to stay positive and be ready to help when you get back."
The big league team has been playing great over the last two or three weeks," he added, "so just excited to get back and hopefully help them keep doing what they've been doing."
While rehabbing in the minors, Zimmerman likes to take time to help younger players and give advice. He said he gets to meet a lot of players during spring training, but these are the times you get to know a young player in the organization and really help.
"The best thing about the minor leagues is everyone is trying to get to the big leagues, but you can't call yourself up," Zimmerman said. "You just have to trust the process and continue to learn every day and that's why baseball's great. There's no one right way to do anything.
"I think you have to trust in what you're good at and not get caught up in what other people are good at," he added. "Just got to keep playing, keep working hard and have some fun along the way."