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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.

More later.

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 18, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
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Thanks for the update. Hope it's a good sign.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 18, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Stay alert for Chinese food deliveries to the stadium too.

Posted by: ramgut | June 18, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"We'll soon find out why the Nationals decided to have Zimmermann continue his program at the major league park today"

Simple. So tonight they can sit him in the dugout, tell him to watch the mound and take good notes. Because it's all going to be on the test, which is coming up soon. Meanwhile, Atilano and Martin can get on the computer in the back and start googling apartments in Syracuse.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 18, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Man I sure hope Jzimm comes back strong. Strasbug-Zimmermann back to back will be awesome.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | June 18, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm! Wonder why????

Does it have anything to do with the fact that after SS there ain't no body home?

Lets see, a few days ago the Riz was telling us he had 5 major league arms already in the rotation. After the past week maybe he meant JZIM, Ross Detwiller and SS. Who knows!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | June 18, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

zOMG yal'l i have to get down town RIGHTNOW!!!!!11!

Posted by: Scooter_ | June 18, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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