Jordan Zimmermann likely to return in late August
The Nationals have not established "anything concrete" for when Jordan Zimmermann will make his 2010 major league debut, but they are planning on him making three more rehab starts and likely appearing in late August, Manager Jim Riggleman said.
Zimmerman, who has made six rehab starts in the final state of his recovery from Tommy John surgery, had been targeted for a return in the first two weeks in August. Zimmermann suffered no setback of any kind, but the Nationals are choosing extra caution at the end of a long, grueling process.
"We don't want to get him here and then we have to send him back down," Riggleman said. "When we get him here, we want it to be for good. There's no real hurry to get him here. He's way ahead of schedule as opposed to what it could have been."
Zimmermann's start in Class AA Harrisburg was "probably his best yet," Riggleman said. Zimmermann allowed no earned runs on one hit and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. On Sunday, the Nationals reinstated Zimmermann from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Class AAA Syracuse.
As Zimmermann finishes his rehab, the Nationals want him to simply continue the progress he's made.
"Just really being able to continue to do what he's doing as he extends out from those two innings, three innings, five innings," Riggleman said. "Throw all of his pitches, do his work between starts. Just continue to show that surgery is totally healed. I'm sure it is healed, but just build up the rest of the arm strength, all the muscles. He's just got to build that up."
August 2, 2010; 8:38 PM ET
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