Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann will likely avoid disabled list
Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann missed the All-Star Game earlier this week after straining his right biceps last Friday, but it looks as though the 28-year-old will not need to spend any time on the disabled list. The All-Star break allowed him to rest his arm, and Zimmermann worked out with the team on Thursday, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson.
He'll throw a bullpen session on Friday or Saturday and will likely start on Monday against the Rockies if all goes according to plan.
Zimmermann was forced to leave his start against the Philadelphia Phillies after experiencing tightness in his biceps, and there were concerns since the pitcher had Tommy John surgery in 2009. But Zimmermann said he didn't think it was anything major, and the team sent him for a precautionary MRI, which revealed a little inflammation. He ruled himself out of the All-Star Game, but it didn't appear at the time that he'd miss a significant stretch.
The Nationals head into the season's second half in a virtual tie with the Atlanta Braves atop the NL East. Zimmermann has a 3.03 ERA and 1.212 WHIP in 113.0 IP on the year.
- Aaron Somers