Ryan Zimmerman is ready to head north for Nationals Opening Day

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Zimmerman is ready to head north for Nats Opening Day originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Ryan Zimmerman has said before that his only knock on spring training is that he'd rather save his best play for the regular season.

He led the way in the Nationals' 11-3 spring training victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, smashing a solo home run off of a Matthew Liberatore pitch in the first inning. It looks like he's ready to go. 

After hitting a ridiculous six home runs in just 23 at-bats in West Palm Beach, Fla., Mr. National will hope he can bring the same stellar production up north next week for Opening Day on April 1 against the New York Mets. His resume from March will be tough to replicate, but as Nationals manager Davey Martinez finalizes the opening day roster, he should be more than confident in what No. 11 can do for his team in the batter's box.

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After the game, Martinez addressed the roster decisions already made, namely the decision to option Carter Keiboom to Washington's Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings. He reiterated to reporters Sunday that the the 23-year-old remains a big part of the organization's future despite a rough 2020 and a subpar spring.

"We really felt strongly about getting into some kind of rhythm and not putting so much pressure on him," Martinez said. "I've said it before and I'll say it again, we want Carter here. We want Carter to be our everyday third basemen in the future, but we want to make sure that we get him right."