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No dead arm for Zimmermann this time

Mar 13, 2013, 9:00 PM EST

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Jordan Zimmermann allowed one earned run over 4 2/3 innings today.

VIERA, Fla. — It’s a difficult thing to explain, the “dead arm” sensation that so many pitchers experience during spring training, and Jordan Zimmermann struggled today to put into words what he felt five days previous when he was rocked by the Cardinals for eight runs in only three innings.

“The other day, it just didn’t feel like it was coming out of my hand with any zip,” the Nationals right-hander said. “Today, I was staying behind the fastball and getting a little extra zip on it.”

Whatever the physiological difference was, the disparity in results was glaring. Zimmermann allowed just one earned run over 4 2/3 innings this afternoon against the Mets, striking out six in a solid, bounce-back effort at Space Coast Stadium.

“Jordan threw the heck out of the ball,” manager Davey Johnson said. “Threw the ball great. … That was a good outing.”
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  1. Rabbit34 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    I am just so pleased that Espinosa is hitting the ball!

  2. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Start the season now! I am totally ready, and sounds like this team is too. Enough already.

  3. Scooter - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    So, Mark, you're there, and I'm here … I was just wondering … did Jordan, um, did he, you know … sigh.Did he ask about me at all? I just, you know …Ugh. I promised myself I wouldn't do this.

  4. Scooter - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    You know what, never mind. Forget I asked. I don't even want to know.Forget it. Just forget the whole thing.I need some alone time. I'll be at Rob Neyer's blog.

  5. natsfan1a - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM


  6. Scooter - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Nice, 1a. I can always count on you. :-)

  7. ehay2k - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Normally, the posts here don't make me cringe. Especially scooter's. Wow. Icky wow.

  8. natsfan1a - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Absolutely, buddy. :-)Scooter said… Nice, 1a. I can always count on you. :-) March 13, 2013 7:53 PM

  9. Scooter - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Oh, and fear not, ehay; the joke started about 4 years ago. I guess only a few will really groove on it.

  10. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    I'm feelin groovy, Scooter.

  11. natsfan1a - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Hello, lamp post.

  12. Scooter - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Whatcha knowin'?

  13. natsfan1a - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Just watching the flowers growin'

  14. Scooter - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    What, no rhymes for me?Cheapskate.

  15. natsfan1a - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Well, we did have Will, but he gone.





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