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Jordan Zimmermann's flawless rehab continues

In his fourth rehab start for Class A Potomac, Jordan Zimmermann was just as good as he was in his first three starts. He allowed no runs in four innings, allowing two hits and no walks and striking out four. In 13 innings of rehab starts, Zimmermann has allowed zero earned runs and walked none.

Zimmermann, who is in the final stages of his recovery from ligament-replacement surgery, delayed this most recent rehab start because of a stiff neck. He was going to pitch Tuesday and probably could have, but the Nationals chose the cautious approach, not wanting Zimmermann to alter his delivery in case of discomfort.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 21, 2010; 8:54 PM ET
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Way to go Jordan Z.!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | July 21, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Clippard does not have the confidence a major league pitcher needs. He shows signs of being OCD. Batters know when a guy is nervous verses a guy who is in charge. Clippard is nervous, and it shows in his slow pace, deep breaths, and quirky moves. I don't know if the head can get fixed.

Posted by: davidbrowne | July 21, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Maybe for a month or so this August we can get a glimpse of the future when we can field a starting rotation of Strasburg, Z'nn, Maya, and Detwiler/Olsen/Marquis/Wang. Sure beats the h*ll out of our current starting 5!

Posted by: brewer1 | July 21, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I will continue to bang the drum for Sharon Martis getting the call up from Syracuse,because it seem's that Rizzo's either asleep at the wheel or just plain stupid this team sans Livo and Strasburg is desperate for a quality starter but there in Syracuse sit's a 23 year old strong armed pitcher ready willing and abel, WAKE UP MIKE RIZZO AND GET FREAKIN CLUE!!!!!!!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 21, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Sorry; spelled able wrong in my last rant.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 21, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Atta way, Jordan! And an atta boy for Ross, too, while I'm at it.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 21, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

There's one big reason you won't be seeing Martis in DC this year - options. Unless Martis is truly dominating at AAA (and he's not) there's no reason to burn one of his option years when they can bring up Chico or Lannan or some other pitcher they've already optioned this year. Those other guys are virtually equivalent to Martis, so it makes sense for them to keep shuttling up and back instead of Martis. It's like if you have three bags of potato chips, one of them unopened and the other two still half full, you don't open that third bag if you get the munchies. You finish off the other two first. Sucks for Martis, but that's the way it is. Last year Bergmann was the yo-yo. This year it's Atilano, Stammen and Chico. No need to add Martis to the mix. He's not part of the long-term solution anyway, so maybe he looks better as trade bait with fewer of his option years burned.

Posted by: nunof1 | July 22, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

@davidbrowne, do you have any idea what you are talking about, or are you making it up as you go along?

Since the All-Star break, Clippard has given up 1 run in 5 innings. Before last night, he held batters hitless in 4.0 innings since the break. I'm not pleased with his walks last night, but it seems to me as though he has already gotten "fixed."

Keep your psychotherapeutic analyses to yourself. I suspect you know nothing at all about OCD. It is a real psychological disorder rooted in an imbalance in brain chemistry. It is not "looking like you don't have any confidence."

Posted by: shepdave2003 | July 22, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse


I'm sure that in addition to being a trained psychologist, davidbrowne has spent years as a major league pitching coach, and knows that the last thing a pitcher wants to do before throwing an important pitch is take a deep breath.

also, I think Clippard's glasses might be getting in the way of his vision, which could explain the walks...

Posted by: SpashCity | July 22, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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