Jordan Zimmermann at Nationals Park
If Stephen Strasburg pitching tonight was not enough for you, there's more young-Nationals-arms news: Jordan Zimmermann, recovering from last August's Tommy John surgery, is at Nationals Park. He just finished semi-throwing live batting practice to a few Nationals hitters. (He pitched at what seemed like full strength, but no one swung.)
General Manager Mike Rizzo, pitcher Livan Hernandez and a few other Nationals team officials watched Zimmermann throw from behind the batting cage. Zimmermann threw maybe 30 pitches (that's a rough guess for now) and afterward chatted with pitching coach Steve McCatty and headed into the Nationals clubhouse.
Zimmermann then came back out a few minutes later and started throwing some more from the mound, again at what seems like full intensity, as batters took some hacks.
Zimmermann has been ahead of schedule in his recovery. We'll soon find out why the Nationals decided to have Zimmermann continue his program at the major league park today, but one assumes it's an encouraging sign for Zimmermann to make a trip to Washington.
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