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Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann scratched from Thursday's game with flu-like symptoms

Jordan Zimmermann had his first career shutout this time last year, a one-hitter against the Reds on April 26, 2013. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Jordan Zimmermann had his first career shutout this time last year, a one-hitter against the Reds on April 26, 2013. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmerman was a late scratch Thursday morning for Washington's game today in New York against the Mets.

According to NBC Sports, Zimmermann, who got his first All-Star nod last season, has flu-like symptoms. Multiple members of the clubhouse have dealt with chest colds throughout spring training, and Zimmermann is just the latest to come down with the symptoms.

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In his place, Tanner Roark, who was scheduled to pitch on Friday at home against the Braves, will get a start on the mound today. Roark hasn't pitched since an extended bullpen session after the Nats' exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers was rained out last Saturday.

According to CSN Washington reporter Mark Zuckerman, it's possible Zimmermann will take to the field for Friday's game against Atlanta.

In January, Zimmermann agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal with the Nationals. He finished the 2013 season 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA and 161 strikeouts, numbers that earned him a seventh-place finish in the National League Cy Young Award voting.

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