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Zimmermann itching to return

Jul 10, 2010, 10:14 PM EST

When Jordan Zimmermann underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow August 19, he immediately wanted to know how long it would be before he could pitch again in the major leagues. Doctors told him the standard recovery time for that major procedure is 12-to-18 months.

Zimmermann immediately established a goal for himself: Make it back by the 12-month mark. And now that he’s pitching effectively in his minor-league rehab assignment and that magical mid-August date is drawing near, the wait has become even more agonizing for the Nationals’ young right-hander.

“I want to get up here pretty bad,” he said today during a visit to Nationals Park. “But I know I’ve got to take my time, and it’s going to be probably another month or so. I’ve got to just take my time and keep building.”

Read more comments from Zimmermann and an update on his upcoming rehab schedule on

  1. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Seems to coincide well with Strasburg shutting down for the season. Swap in Zimmermann for Strasburg and you always have a power pitcher in the rotation from here on out. Makes sense.

  2. Anonymous8 - Jul 11, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    Still would love to see Stras and JZim pitching together for a couple of turns in the rotation!Go Jordan, love your work ethic and desire!

  3. Les in NC - Jul 11, 2010 at 2:42 AM

    If he is going to be limited to 5 innings and 80 pitches max, why not just make him the long man out of the pen for the rest of the year?

  4. natsfan1a - Jul 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Love the work ethic and desire as well, but also hope that he will continue to be reined in a tad so as to recover fully. To paraphrase an old commercial, a healthy J-Zimm is a terrible thing to waste.





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