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Jordan Zimmermann getting closer to the majors

In his likely second-to-last minor league appearance before rejoining the Nationals, Jordan Zimmermann allowed one run in five innings for Class AAA Syracuse today. Zimmermann threw 73 pitches and allowed five hits and one walks.

It was Zimmermann's third start for Syracuse, one of the final steps in the final phase of his year-long recovery from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last August. The Nationals' plan for Zimmermann calls for him to make one more five-inning start at Class AAA. If his velocity and command remains consistent, the Nationals will deem him ready to pitch in the majors again.

Once in the majors, Zimmermann will throw a maximum of five innings per start. Before today's game, Manager Jim Riggleman said Zimmermann could return before August ends and rosters expand.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 15, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
Categories:  Jordan Zimmermann  
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Got new-posted a couple threads back so...

latest from Jim Callis on Cole 7:23PM:

@jimcallisBA: Deal pending physical. @R1cketyCr1cket: What is the status of #Nationals & Cole? Deal pending physical or deal busting "snag"? #mlbdraft

Posted by: RicketyCricket | August 15, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Znn's stats on baseball-reference don't include today's start yet, but adding in the one earned run he gave up and the five IP today, his ERA in his last eight starts is 0.30. That earned run was the first one he's given up in those eight starts since moving up to Potomac from Hagerstown.

And the Nats wonder if his velocity and command will remain consistent. I'm trying to think of all the other Nats pitchers consistent enough to go eight starts before giving up an earned run. Don't know if I'm having a brain cramp, but for some reason, I can't think of any. Someone help me out here...

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 15, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

There is no way Harper doesn't sign. He didn't jump thru all those hoops just to waste a year.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | August 15, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Agreed...he's looking at somewhere between 8 and 10 million. He could lose some of that if he goes back to school and has some freakish injury or something.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | August 15, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm thrilled to hear more good news about Z'mann's progress. Following up on a previous post, his arrival with a 5-inning limit (best case) will surely strain the Nats bullpen. Combined with continued try-outs for Marquis, pitch limits on SS, and merry-go-round with Olson, we could be seeing some heavy Stammen time. Stammen could find himself more valuable the next 6 weeks than he would've been as a starter.

Nice short work done in a jam Saturday night. Managing the overworked bullpen arms will be a challenge - even with more arms coming up in September.

Posted by: mo_dc | August 15, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

mo_dc, I think you have to see what you have in Marquis if he is 'healthy', as this season is scrapped I say give him another start or two this fish or cut bait with him. One thing we cannot afford with the 25 man roster is him going 2-3 innings; that just kills the pen and our other starters don't have the arms to go deep.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | August 15, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Yep, overuse of bullpen will be a problem with 16 straight days of baseball after today's offday.

I guess Maya is not on schedule to join club before Sept? Presumably, as a 28 year old with no history of arm problems (correct on both?) he will have no pitch-count or inning-count issues when he joins rotation?

Now that Johnny Boy seems to have regained his magic touch, it would be nice to see him go 7+ innings like in the old days. And didn't he touch 92 on one of his pitches the other night, or was that just wishful hallucinating on my part?

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | August 16, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't be surprised to see them go with a 6 man rotation once Zimmerman and Maya are called up.

Posted by: slopitchtom | August 16, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

They'll probably drop Marquis from the rotation ... the hand writing is on the wall ... Lannan appears to have rescued himself. But both he and Olsen need to have consistent outings. It doesn't look all that great to have Livan as the only pitcher who can consistently get you 6-7+ innings allowing 2-3 runs or less.

They won't have a six man rotation ... and Yunieski Maya and Jordan Zimmermann will definitely pitch. I expect they'll shut Olsen down give his shoulder a rest ... and banish Marquis to the bullpen until next year.

Posted by: periculum | August 16, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Adam - Zimmermann was optioned to the minors on 8/1. His next minor league start would be on 8/20. A player that serves less than 20 days in the minors during a year does not use up an option. So if the Nats bring JZ up immediately after the game on 8/20, he would not burn an option, but if they wait a day, he would? Does option status play in the plan for JZ, or does the team consider him so ready they are willing to burn his options? Was he optioned down last year after his call up (I forget)?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | August 16, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps SS could throw for 4.5 innings followed by Zimmermann for 4.5....

Posted by: charley42 | August 16, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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