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What’s next for Zimmermann, Maya?

Aug 23, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

While all of NatsTown awaits the results of Stephen Strasburg's forearm MRI, it's worth noting a couple of other pitchers who could be in the running to take his rotation spot: Jordan Zimmermann and Yunesky Maya.

Zimmermann has thoroughly dominated the minor leagues in his rehab from Tommy John surgery — 1.59 ERA in 10 starts, 31-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio — and after tossing five innings of scoreless, one-hit ball Friday night for Class AAA Syracuse, there doesn't seem to be much reason to keep him down there any longer.

Mike Rizzo said as much before that outing, declaring: "If there's no need for another minor-league start, developmental-wise or to get him ready to pitch up here, then we would bring him up here."

If Zimmermann stayed on a strict, five-day schedule, he'd be lined up to start Wednesday. But Jason Marquis has already been named Wednesday's starter, so that's not happening. But Zimmermann could very easily slide into Strasburg's spot Thursday if the rookie is held out (which, I think, is the safe assumption at this point).

It should also be noted that Rizzo said yesterday any decision on Zimmermann will be made solely on his performance Read more »

  1. bgib - Aug 23, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    It seems to be taking them an awfully long time to come up with a good spin for yesterday's MRI results.

  2. Sue Dinem - Aug 23, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Maya looked like he was tinkering out there yesterday, but a couple of other things ought to be taken into consideration:1) He was facing the best-hitting team in the Carolina League2) This was his third start after a long layoff from facing pro hitters

  3. JaneB - Aug 23, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Bgib, I was thinking the same thing. Fingers crossed.

  4. Anonymous - Aug 23, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    How about tandeming Zimmermann and Stammen for the rest of the season as Zimmermann has a 5 inning limit?What is the prognosis on Maya and his blister on his thumb? I know some pitchers can get sidelined for awhile with such a problem.

  5. Anonymous - Aug 23, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    re Strasburg–no news is probably bad news. Every time a Nats pitcher goes down, and it is often, the story always unravels to the worst possible scenario. John Patterson, Shawn Hill and on and on.

  6. Anonymous - Aug 23, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    1) He was facing the best-hitting team in the Carolina League2) This was his third start after a long layoff from facing pro hitters3) He couldn't throw two his best pitches (changeup and splitter) because of the huge blister on his thumb. Big enough to impress AK who saw it.

  7. Anonymous - Aug 23, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    John Patterson, Shawn Hill and on and on.Looks like a complete recovery for JZimm? And Olsen did battle back from the shoulder surgery. Really have to wait until next year to see if he's back. He is pitching for the $100,000 bonus per game now.It seems like Rizzo does a better job handling pitchers than Bowden did. In spite of Bowden's opining at Rizzo to shut Stras down.

  8. Anonymous - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    I happened to agree that SS should just be shut down but for Bowden to have any opinion on anything Baseball is laughable. You forfeit your right to be listened to the minute you give Dimitry Young, Belliard and Guzman contract extensions; never mind the stupid trades for Guileen etc. and all the shinanigans in the Dominican.

  9. NatsFan2005 - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    The front office's wall of silence surrounding Starsburg is deafening. The team needs to add physicians to its scouting staff, witness:AtilanoDetwilerLannanMarquisMartinMockOlsenStarsburgWalkerWangZimmermann

  10. Steve M. - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Isn't Rizzo waiting on the Doctor to evaluate the MRI. What time was that supposed to be?Lineups are already out. Michael Morse not in the lineup.

  11. Steve M. - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    I hear the Doctors are discussing what to do with the injury and not great news.

  12. Mark - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Was that Mark Lerner doing a header off of the roof of Nationals Park?

  13. Anonymous - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Hear from whom? C'mon, man.

  14. Sunderland - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    One reason why the Nats do not want to shut Strasburg down is their guidline of a 20% increase in innings year over year. He has 123 innings behind him this year, which would limit him to 148 innings next year.I really think he needs and deserves a rehab start before coming back. He got hit pretty good after his last lasyoff. By his next start, he'll have only tossed 14 innings in the previous 40 days. He needs to get some time on the mound where command and control is more important than winning. One rehab start, and if he does well, then back up here 9/5 against Pittsburgh. That's what I'd prefer.

  15. Steve M. - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Yah, I am hearing elbow which may be better than a ruptured forearm tendon.

  16. Anonymous - Aug 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Hearing from whom? Name your source.

  17. Mark - Aug 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Elbow as in Tommy J? Get it done now and back to 100%. Hope your sources are wrong!

  18. Steve M. - Aug 23, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Lets wait for Rizzo. I don't want to give out any incorrect information. I know Dr. Yocum in California is a great elbow specialist so quite possibly they are waiting on him.Wasn't the actual MRI yesterday?

  19. alexva - Aug 23, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Pitch Zimmermann Wednesday and bump Marquis, I don't care whether he was already announced. And yes I have tickets Wednesday, so what.

  20. Kenz aFan - Aug 23, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    If Strasburg gets shut down, which seems like a possibility, the chances of his pitching a full season in 2011 will be non-existent. If, after seeing Dr. Andrews, he's allowed to continue pitching (probably skipping his scheduled Thursday start) he could easily pitch through to the end of the season, even if he was able to average 8 innings per start.If Strasburg is deemed fit and ready to pitch, they need to stop babying him or he will never toughen up to be a staff ace.

  21. natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Ladson is reporting SS to 15-day DL:http://therocket.mlblogs.com/

  22. Steve M. - Aug 23, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    natsfan1a – With respect to Ladson who usually is wrong, I hope this time he is right.Jordan Zimmermann is proof that great Doctors can get you past what sounds like horrible news. Keep in mind that JZim didn't use Dr. Andrews as he used Dr. Yocum.Again, I hope Ladson is correct on this one.

  23. natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    No offense, Steve M., but I'd be inclined to put more faith in Ladson than in an anonymous commenter who does not name a source.

  24. mark - Aug 23, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    I agree with natsfan1a as you aren't giving up your source. Why was Strasburg able to throw a baseball yesterday?Give up your source. Why would it be his elbow when clearly it was his forearm.

  25. Anonymous - Aug 23, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Kenz afan If we don't protect him this year; next year won't be relevant; if they stop babying him he won't be around long enough to be the staff ace (ref. Mark Prior). Let's stop with the stupid macho stuff; the next meaningful Nats game is not until April.

  26. Steve M. - Aug 23, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    natsfan1a – aren't you an anonymous commenter? Who are you? I at least use my youngest brother's name and my daughter's middle initial!What are we in High School? I came on here to post what I knew as I have all season. I hope Ladson is correct. I remember the same thing and you can follow it with Jordan Zimmermann. He was put on the DL with elbow tightness and then 2 days later, BAM, surgery.I am not a Doctor so I won't speculate on what the course of action is. I am sure Dr. Wiemi Douoguih has looked at the MRI and knows immediately what it is. Like everyone else, I was hoping to hear forearm strain of the brachioradialis.

  27. Anonymous - Aug 23, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Thanks, natsfan1a and Mark… No source, no news.

  28. natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Yes, I am an anonymous commenter, but I did not claim to have insider information and not source it. Rather, I posted a link to a related story on the blog of the Nats MLB.com beat writer.

  29. natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Kilgore of the Post's Nationals Journal is also reporting the DL for SS:http://voices.washingtonpost.com/nationalsjournal/

  30. natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    As is Mark ^

  31. Anonymous8 - Aug 23, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    The world of the internet natsfan1a I remember you said you were a female, is that part true?All I can say is Steve M. gives good insight and knows the game so we will see if he is right as nobody is talking elbows, surgery, long-term. 15 day DL sounds like a strain which probably means they are just shutting him down for the season.Why is Steve M. the only one with this revelation so either he has the hot lead that nobody else is close to or he is jerking us around. Riggleman said "a less-encouraging outlook" not a bleak outlook that would require surgery.Steve M., I have to throw you under the bus. Sorry. I am going with the anonymous natsfan1a on this one which is the safe route.

  32. natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    Yep, I'm female (though I'm not sure why that's relevant). I wasn't trying to throw Steve M. under the bus, but wanted to get the facts. We're probably all a little edgy given the uncertainly.

  33. natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    And, to be clear, I was not questioning the man's baseball acumen. I was looking for a source for the medical hearsay.

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