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Zimmermann to Have Tommy John Surgery

Nationals acting general manager Mike Rizzo has confirmed to Post columnist Thomas Boswell that rookie right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will need ligament-replacement surgery on his elbow. Zimmermann had an MRI exam on Friday with noted orthopedist James Andrews. Zimmermann was 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 16 starts this season, last pitching on July 18.

More on this story as information comes in.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  August 10, 2009; 6:53 PM ET
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Wow. I'm glad I saw some of his 2009 outings. That could be all I see of the kid.

Punch in the gut. Air knocked out. Whew.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | August 10, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Football player get hurt less.

It doesn't change my desire to sign Strasburg. Fans don't have to be reasonable.


Posted by: kevincostello | August 10, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Yikes...this is not good news. This really throws a wrinkle into managing all of the young starters innings. with the exception of Lannen, most of the pitchers were going to hit their inning ceiling this month. I think our rotation might be:

Lannen, Balester, Martis, Mock and ??? in a couple of weeks.

Posted by: markfd | August 11, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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