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Friday, July 11, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Jordan Zimmermann exits game with bicep cramp


By on 7/11/2014 10:10:00 PM

Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who was named to the2014 NL All-Star Team, signaled for trainers and left Friday night's game in the middle of an at-bat, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider (video here and below). Zimmermann had given up four runs and five hits, including a homer to the Phillies in 3.1 innings before he was relieved by Craig Stammen, with the Nats eventually losing 6-2
Prior to this start, Zimmermann was 6-4 with a 2.79 ERA. Zuckerman writes, "Zimmermann had retired four batters in a row before suffering his injury, but his 1-1 pitch to Rupp registered at 88 mph and was listed by MLB’s official Pitch F/X system as a fastball, about 5-6 mph below normal velocity. His subsequent 1-2 pitch also registered 88 mph, but was labeled as a slider." He adds, "Jordan Zimmermann has made 116 starts without going on the DL since returning from Tommy John surgery in 2010."

Zimmerman, 28, was drafted by the Nationals in 2007 (2nd round) and made his debut April 20, 2009. He was also named to the 2013 All-Star Team, leading the league with 19 wins, together with a 3.25 ERA, four complete games and two complete game shutouts. He underwent Tommy John surgery in August of 2009, and his recovery/rehab and innings limits in 2011 were the model for his more famous rotation-mate, Stephen Strasburg, a year later. Zimmermann is signed to a two-year 2 yrs/$24 million contract through 2015 after which he is eligible for free agency.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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