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Posted at 4:46 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Jordan Zimmermann encouraged after first spring training start

By Adam Kilgore

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Jordan Zimmermann could not climb a mound at this point last March, and he has a constant reminder this spring training. "The same thing Strasburg is doing right now," Zimmermann said, "I was doing last year."

Now, rather than playing catch with a trainer, Zimmermann is firing fastballs and sliders at a catcher, in a real, live game. Zimmermann made his first appearance of the spring today, allowing three hits and a walk in three scoreless innings, striking out one.

The specter of his Tommy John surgery and recovery has not quite left his mind, but Zimmermann was pleased with how his elbow responded today. When he came back to the majors last year, in late August, his elbow would sometimes stiffen in the dugout between innings. He wondered if the same thing would happen today, and was happy to learn it did not.

"The big thing for me was the up and downs," Zimmermann said. "How I was going to feel in the second and third innings - was the arm going to get tight? I felt great. I felt awesome the whole time."

Except for maybe the few, fleeting moments when the greatest hitter on the planet walked to the plate. Albert Pujols banged two of the hits off Zimmermann, both singles to center. Pujols is hell on most every pitcher, but especially Zimmermann.

Zimmermann has faced Pujols five times in the regular season, and, well, he knows first-hand what makes Pujols the best hitter on the planet. Pujols is 4 for 5 against him with a double and two home runs, including one last year in Zimmermann's first start back from Tommy John surgery.

After one at-bat, their past history led to Zimmermann and Pujols bantering back and forth.

"I shook through all my pitches, and I threw a fastball down the middle," Zimmermann explained. "He wasn't really ready. He said, 'What, were you trying to quick-pitch me there?' I said, 'I'll do anything to try to get you out.'

"I just wonder what the ball looks like when it comes in to Pujols, whether he sees a beach ball or what. That's what it seems to be every time I'm out there throwing. I'll have to figure something out."

The next time out, Zimmermann won't have to worry about Pujols. That wasn't his only source of encouragement.

"I feel better now than I did last August, September," Zimmermann said. "My arm was a little tight in August and September. Now I can get full range of motion. Everything feels good."

By Adam Kilgore  | March 3, 2011; 4:46 PM ET
 
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Comments

Get ready to see Zimmermann giving lots of runs this year in a Natinals jersey. I bet he'll probably give up 20 runs a game, shoot, maybe even per inning!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Of course none of this matters since we'll all be seeing him in an O's jersey as soon as he hits free agency. What with an unconstitutional group of AAAA players like the Natinals.

He'll probably lead the O's to another World Baseball Classic title, while Little Buddha is still a pathetic "movie."

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: SUPER_L0NELY | March 3, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Only Natinal fans would think there's any significance in the O's losing a spring training game.

I get it though, the Natinals are so bad (both in spring training and in the regular season) that Natinal fans have got to chop other teams down to make them feel better about their team.

Oh yeah, how did the Natinals do today? Bet you guys can't wait to see this Mock character penciled in as the #3 starter. Of course all you need to know, to sum up the Natinals rotation, is that they're banking of 45 year old Livan Hernandez to be their #1, shut-down ace.

Oh, and Constantine wasn't a 1/2 bad movie. I mean, they even had an APC song on the soundtrack. Pretty rocking.

And yes, love me some DCU. If you want to meet up at a game out here in Carson or San Jose, cool.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 3, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention, only bitter Natinal fans would create fake "poopy" handles in an attempt to silence his 1st Amendment rights (something the Supreme Court agrees with the real Poopy on) and drive him from the blog.

What, those posters would be better suited living in 1980's Russia? Yeah definitely since they don't like all the freedoms afforded to US citizens here in the good ol' US of A.


As for Zimmerman, if he's getting this "encouraged" by a Spring Training game, that doesn't speak very well about his confidence or his abilities at the MLB level.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 3, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the Nats to have a better record Poopy ... you'll get a constant reaming over in RI when that happens ... get ready for it dude ... you are going to be so virtually excoriated you will think your buns were burned in Boog's barbecue pit.

Posted by: periculum | March 3, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"Brian Matusz is flying to Philadelphia at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning to have a wart removed from the middle finger on his pitching hand. He's expected back in Sarasota later that night."

Brian Matusz == Garett Mock ... goodbye Ori'holes and their season ... hahahhaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Poopy you lose ... hahahahahaahahaha

Posted by: periculum | March 3, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Garrett Mock is the wart on the Nationals middle finger...

Hopefully the Nats can have it surgically removed soon, too...

Posted by: Ghost7 | March 3, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I heard that Matusz got his ward from slipping his finger(s) into Ms. Periculum.

I mean, I had heard she really never washed herself, but this is just gross.

Hopefully Brian learned a valuable lesson.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 3, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The POOPY is angry. Someone is being mean to him. Poor POOPY, the O's season is already over. Hello last place, hello 100 losses.

Posted by: stantonpark | March 3, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Can't believe this pathetic lot of Natinals fans is at it again. To bad Natinals "fans" are to busy tending to their wives' vaginal warts to notice that Cal Ripken cured vaginal warts by drinking milk while the O's were winning their 12th consecutive AL crown. Poor Natinals fans. HAHAHAHAHAHA

Oh Snap!

Natinals finish with a better record than the O's? Yeah maybe when Constantine 2 gets green-lit. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Oops.....

Posted by: SUPER_L0NELY | March 3, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

you know what trolls hate the most? being ignored. us Nats fans should try it.

Posted by: destewar | March 3, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

From CBS.com, According to the modern metric Wins Above Replacement Player -- a stat that measures a player's value as it relates to the team winning -- Nyjer Morgan was the eighth least valuable player in the NL in 2010.

In Rizzo and Riggleman we trust.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | March 3, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I keep tellin ya leave this guy alone.

Posted by: dargregmag | March 3, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

No, the Post needs to show some courage and ban Poopy for life. This board has become useless.

Posted by: swanni | March 3, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

>>Another example of pure POOPY absurdity..... He has described himself and he knows it.Posted by: longbow1

Wow Professeur. Are there any seats left in your Examining the
Existential Poopy 101 class?

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | March 3, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Swanni. I normally disagree with you, but this jerk needs to be banned. His posts now have gone beyond what should be in a family newspaper.

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | March 3, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

skins_fan_22; The stat's mean nothing it's what players do on the field then again if you don't know..........................how many games did we lose last year and Morgan contributed to how many of those loses?

Posted by: dargregmag | March 3, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

>Garrett Mock is the wart on the Nationals middle finger...

Hopefully the Nats can have it surgically removed soon, too...

Posted by: Ghost7

That mf is dumber than Dibble. Unbelievable how little command he has.

Posted by: Brue | March 3, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

skins_fan_22; The stat's mean nothing it's what players do on the field then again if you don't know..........................how many games did we lose last year and Morgan contributed to how many of those loses?

Posted by: dargregmag | March 3, 2011 6:44 PM

Baseball Reference knows...

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=morgany01&year=2010&t=b#outcb

60-76 with Morgan playing. Interesting, his OBP was around his career avg when we won (.345) and much lower in losses.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 3, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

JZimm might have struggled a little, but Mock...
Please Rizzo, for the love of the fanbase, please sever this 10-cent head from the body of the Nationals. His neck injury from last year was probably whiplash from watching his pitches scream into the outfield; His adjustment is an apparent inability to throw strikes.

I don't care that he has an option left - I just can't bear to see him take the mound in a Nationals uniform again. Do the right thing & get him out of Viera by whatever means available.

Posted by: BinM | March 3, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

@kev29:
I think you just proved dargramps' point - The Nationals were better with Morgan in the lineup (60-76,.441%) than without him (9-17,.346).

Posted by: BinM | March 3, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

@kev29:
I think you just proved dargramps' point - The Nationals were better with Morgan in the lineup (60-76,.441%) than without him (9-17,.346).
Posted by: BinM | March 3, 2011 8:36 PM

I wasn't really on anyone's side, just helping with some facts.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 3, 2011 10:02 PM | Report abuse

>> The Nationals were better with Morgan in the lineup (60-76,.441%) than without him (9-17,.346).

Yea right. All that proves is that Morgan is slightly better than Willie Harris. Puleeze.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | March 3, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I don't intend to get into a debate with Nincompoop (or whatever his name is). That would be sort of like matching wits with a sheep - not a lot of sport to it. One thing he doesn't know, however, (actually he doesn't know much at all) is that ultimately the strength of an organization starts at the top.

The Orioles have Peter Angelos. He is a tort lawyer who has made tons of money getting a big share of injured people's recompense. They are sort of like vultures over a dead carcass. They perform a necessary function, but you neither respect them nor want to associate with them. To be fair, Angelos donates a lot of money to charity, but one has the sense that he professes to love humanity, but treats people like dirt. The web site, Bleacher Report, has named Angelos the 6th worst owner in sports history, a distinction he comes by honestly. Angelos essentially runs the baseball operations of the O's. Unfortunately he knows as much about baseball as GM Andy MacPhail knows about tort law. As long as Angelos is in charge, the O's are doomed to long-term failure, although they will certainly have ups and downs.

Contrast the Lerners with Angelos. They have made their money building things, rather than living off other people's misfortunes. They also give lots to charity, but in a quieter way The Lerners are obviously quick learners. They made some big mistakes in the early years of the Nationals. They tried to get deeply involved in the baseball operations of the Nationals and it was a disaster. Now it appears that they are doing what baseball owners should do - tell the GM how much they are willing to spend and insist on success. That is why you will see real improvement in the Nats from year to year. Further, because of the Lerners' business experience, you can be assured that the non-baseball side of the operations (in-stadium experience, etc.) will be first-rate. In sum, the Nats are headed by class people and the team will likely have a bright future.

So Nats fans, feel sympathy for the Baltimoreans (and even for the Baltimorons like Nincompoop) who are condemned to a future of failure.

As for Nincompoop, I suggest that we now ignore him, as most of us have happy and productive lives and need not pay attention to those who don't.

Posted by: StephenA1 | March 4, 2011 6:40 AM | Report abuse

In the past, a Mock would have been kept and was due to lack of pitching depth. This year the NATS have the depth, so if Mock cannot improve, he will be gone.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | March 4, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

"I suggest that we now ignore [trolls]"

What a great idea--why didn't anyone suggest that before now?

Posted by: Section3mysofa | March 4, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

"Not to mention, only bitter Natinal fans would create fake "poopy" handles in an attempt to silence his 1st Amendment rights (something the Supreme Court agrees with the real Poopy on) and drive him from the blog."

Oh, such a drama queen you are, P00P. You know nobody here is capable of silencing you. You're not going anywhere.

I do know this: on a moderated site, most of your posts would be deleted. And, AFAIK, no one has successfully sued a moderated site for deleting profane or obnoxious posts.

Posted by: bertbkatz | March 4, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I pledge to never engage the Baltimor-on in these comments. EVER.

Posted by: shanks1 | March 4, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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