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Inactive Zimmermann enjoys experience

Jul 16, 2013, 2:37 PM EST

NEW YORK — Jordan Zimmermann would rather be pitching tonight in the All-Star Game than watching from the NL dugout, relegated to spectator due to a lingering neck injury. But make no mistake, the Nationals right-hander is happy to be here and is soaking in every moment of the experience.

"Just being in the clubhouse around these guys," he said. "You play against them, but to hang out with them and meet some new guys, it's going to be fun. And then obviously the Home Run Derby and the game are going to be fun to watch."

Selected to his first Midsummer Classic after going 12-4 with a 2.58 ERA through the season's first half, Zimmermann had to ask off the active roster when team doctors told him he needed to rest his neck for a few days to risk further injury.

It's still considered a minor injury, one Zimmermann insists he can pitch through, but one that is requiring more treatment eachRead more »

  1. Theophilus T. S. - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I don't understand why, with Zimmermann hurting/injured, the Nats are resetting the rotation after the break. His last three starts have been less than distinguished; his neck hurts every day; we remember how he faltered last August. Why don't they let him sit as long as they possibly can, i.e., let him pitch in the five-slot? It's not as if he'll be pitching on "regular" rest on Saturday (seven days between starts). Be sure he's healthy, and then try to keep him healthy.

  2. baseballswami - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    I read that it is a slightly bulging disc. That is not good- it will be difficult to keep it under control and can be painful. He made need to miss a start or two along the way. He is such a bulldog, though, and will want to keep on pitching. Neck injuries are nothing to mess with.

  3. hiramhover - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    TheoIt's Stras-Gio-JZimm on Fri-Sat-Sun, so for JZimm that's 10 days since his last start. They could only push him back 2 more days anyway, til Tuesday, when Det's spot will come up, and Det needs his rest and rehab too.

  4. baseballswami - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Just have to keep these guys healthy after the break!!! I hope Lee Kuntz enjoys this experience, but I also hope he is bored tonight. Glad he is around JZim to keep tabs on him. So aside from Davey's usual funny quips, will he actually be doing anything? So surprised there is not more being made of this being his farewell tour. Crickets.

  5. Theophilus T. S. - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    All things being equal, I'd rather extend Z'mann's time off than Detwiler's. Detwiler's already been off, what, close to twenty days? Cumulatively, that extra day off for him doesn't mean that much. Moreover, my concern about Z'mann stems only in part from his neck. Much of it arises from when he went flat as a pancake around this time last year (blamed on various things, including fatigue, "dead arm," etc.). He needs to be very well-refreshed, in my mind, because this team needs eight-ten more wins from him this season. If necessary, send him back to WI for the weekend to catch a couple of bass.

  6. Section 222 - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Were the actual results of the players/coaches votes for the ASG ever reported anywhere?

  7. baseballswami - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Don't know. Also , does anyone know how many votes DesiIn13 ended up getting? I am already annoyed with Bryce lost, Desi didn't make it type mentality. Bryce may not have won that gaudy belt , but I am quite sure something good was accomplished. Desi did not go to NY( f– Ing Tulo), but surely he got many, many votes and is aware now of how the fans feel about him. Seems like the kind of guy that would be motivated by that. I just get tired of the attitude that one person wins and every single other person is a pathetic loser.

  8. Sec. 1 D, seat 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Swami, was this Post story the bulging disk source?"Zimmermann said his neck remains sore, especially in the mornings when he wakes up, but it felt slightly better on Monday. He has passed all the medical tests he has been given. It’s unclear what the injury is exactly, but he noted it is a “little bulge in the disc.”"

  9. Get Your Re(n)d On - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Little bulges can still be bad things. That's what she said.

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