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.
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