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Jordan Zimmermann on pace to return this year

Jordan Zimmermann, the future anchor of the Nationals pitching rotation before Stephen Strasburg arrived, will return from Tommy John surgery and pitch for the Nationals this season, Team President Stan Kasten said. Zimmermann underwent ligament-replacement surgery last August and has not pitched since.

The recovery from Tommy John takes 12 to 18 months. Zimmermann has been ahead of schedule. Already, Zimmermann is throwing two- or three-inning simulated games and consistently hitting 93 and 94 miles per hour with his fastball.

"But we're watching the clock very carefully because, arms, elbows, shoulders take time to heal," Kasten said. "We're keeping him on a clock. But we have every expectation that he's go to be here pitching this season."

Last year, Zimmermann compiled a 4.63 ERA in 16 starts, striking out 92 and walking 29. Kasten is unsure whether Zimmermann will pitch as a starter or reliever this season. By next year, if all goes well, Zimmermann will again be a primary piece at the top of the Nationals' rotation.

"The way Tommy John's go, you get better over time," Kasten said. "We think he'll be ever better starting in '11. But he'll be here this year."

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 6:43 PM ET
 
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Get in there.

Posted by: Brue | June 8, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I am stuck on an Acela train but I have goose bumps. :)

Posted by: the-real-deal | June 8, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

This kid is tough - August 2010 is a possibility (12 month recovery), but I'd rather be certain than sorry. April 2011 with him settled as a #2-3SP is fine by me.

Posted by: BinM | June 8, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he'll be taking Strasburg's place when they shut Stras down in Sept?

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Posted by: itkonlyyou108 | June 8, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

A bit off topic, but every time I hear a discussion about "Tommy John's'' -- I can't help but wonder why this guy with 280+ wins and a place in the baseball lexicon that far exceeds Tinkers, Evers or Chance is not in the Hall of Fame!!!

Posted by: nats24 | June 8, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

2011:

1-Stephen Strasburg
2-Jordan Zimmermann
3-John Lannan

4 & 5 to be chosen from:

1. Scott Olsen
2. Jason Marquis
3. Chien-Ming Wang
4. Luis Atilano
5. J.D. Martin
6. Matt Chico

And looking great in the minors are:

Tom Milone (5-2, 3.18)
Daniel Rosenbaum (1-3, 1.85)
Trevor Holder (4-3, 2.97)
Paul Demny (4-1, 2.77)
Mitch Clegg (7-0, 2.95)

Yeah, I think things are looking up, right?

Posted by: rushfari | June 9, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

It's a Strasmas miracle!

Posted by: JohninMpls | June 9, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

2011:

1-Stephen Strasburg
2-Jordan Zimmermann
3-John Lannan

4 & 5 to be chosen from:

1. Scott Olsen
2. Jason Marquis
3. Chien-Ming Wang
4. Luis Atilano
5. J.D. Martin
6. Matt Chico

And looking great in the minors are:

Tom Milone (5-2, 3.18)
Daniel Rosenbaum (1-3, 1.85)
Trevor Holder (4-3, 2.97)
Paul Demny (4-1, 2.77)
Mitch Clegg (7-0, 2.95)

Yeah, I think things are looking up, right?


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Add to that list:

Craig Stammen
Ross Detwiler

Stammen has been great lately, but has had no run support. Both have a very high upside.

Posted by: jboogie1 | June 9, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

"Last year, Zimmermann compiled a 4.63 ERA in 16 starts, striking out 92 and walking 29."

He did a lot of that while injured. This kid is a dominant starter and showed you in his first 2 starts last year with 2 quality wins against Atlanta & NY Mets.

With better defense behind him, Jordan Zimmermann will be a #2 starter behind Strasburg and help the Nats contend in the NL East.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | June 9, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait. He was fun to watch, too. Throws strikes and is competitive as hell.

Posted by: thoward1223 | June 9, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey, don't forget Smoker, Wilhelm and McGreary!

or maybe we should...

I'd like to have Livan as my #5

Posted by: buster_c | June 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

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