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Jordan Zimmermann continues to target mid-August return

Jordan Zimmermann said he's always been a quick healer, pointing to his two-month recovery from a broken jaw as an example. When the promising right-handed pitcher received Tommy John surgery last August and was told his recovery would take 12-18 months, Zimmermann focused on the "12," not the "18."

"I want to get up here pretty bad," Zimmermann said Saturday from the Nationals Park clubhouse, where his locker is a few feet away from Stephen Strasburg's. Strasburg and Zimmermann are expected to solidify the top of the Nationals' rotation in the future. "But I know I got to take my time and it's going to be another month or so and keep building."

Zimmermann has mid-August targeted for a return to the major leagues, which would prove his 12-month goal was realistic. He said his arm and body feel well, but he must work on his control after spending eight-to-nine months sidelined during rehab.

Zimmermann has worked on a new grip on his change-up that excited him. He said the change-up is slower, but has a more movement. He's introducing the pitch during his recovery process that includes minor-league rehab starts. He starts again Wednesday for Class A Potomac.

By Zach Berman  |  July 10, 2010; 6:44 PM ET
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Sounds like a great recovery. I love this guy's enthusiasm, and the fact that he is developing a new pitch while in rehad. I'm drooling over the fact that starting next year we will have Strasburg, J. Zimmerman, and Marquis for years to come. Now if only Atilano, Stammen, and/or Lannan can find some consistency; or if Detwiler can be a force.

Posted by: mcgratsp | July 10, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Very excited. Gotta love JZ!

Posted by: tommy11599 | July 10, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

During his stint in the MASN booth last night, Rizzo mentioned that JZ was hitting 96 on the gun - faster than before the Tommy John surgery. Better fastball, improved change up, same bulldog attitude - I can't wait to see this guy in 2011.

Posted by: Hoosierdaddy1 | July 11, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Could be good timing for when Strasburg hits 160 innings. I bet that's why they have Strasburg starting 1st game after All Star, rather than stretching him out.

Posted by: keepandbear | July 11, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

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