Jordan Zimmermann back on track
After the roughest outing of his minor league stint, Jordan Zimmermann rebounded Saturday night with a performance in line with the dominant string of rehab starts he began with. Pitching at Class AA Harrisburg for the first time in his rehab, Zimmermann allowed Portland no runs in 4 2/3 innings on one hit and two walks, striking out three. He also threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.
Zimmermann may need as few as one more rehab start before making his first Nationals appearance since last July 18, when elbow pain led to Tommy John surgery. The Nationals have targeted Zimmermann's 2010 debut for some time in the first half of August.
In six rehab appearances, Zimmermann has allowed six earned runs in 22 2/3 innings. He has yielded an earned run in just one start, the clunker that came before Saturday night. With Class A Hagerstown, Zimmermann six earned runs in five innings and gave up two home runs. In his first chance, Zimmermann proved the struggles an aberration.
July 31, 2010; 11:55 PM ET
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