Jul 19, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT
Jordan Zimmermann came out of his bullpen session fine on Saturday and is all set to start Tuesday against the Rockies in Colorado.
The right-hander has been recovering from a bicep strain he suffered on June 11 in Philadelphia when he left his start in the fourth inning. Zimmermann took some time off before throwing a bullpen on Thursday. Saturday was the final step to get cleared for a return, and he passed it.
“He’s good to go,” manager Matt Williams said. “He had a good bullpen today. All indications are he’s set to go on Tuesday, unless he feels something after, but we don’t think he’s going to. He’s good to go I think.”
Though Zimmermann will be pitching after eight days off – a rest that included the All-Star break – Williams does not plan to limit his workload. An MRI showed no structural damage to Zimmermann’s arm and the team now believes it was just a cramp.
“I don’t anticipate any pitch count,” Williams said. “I think we’ll look at how he’s feeling over the course of the game certainly, but we won’t go in with any limit on him. He will go as normal as long as he feels good, which we anticipate he will.”
Zimmermann will face Colorado in his 20th start of 2014. The two-time All-Star is 6-5 with a 3.03 ERA across 113 total innings.
Williams is hopeful Zimmermann is completely clear of discomfort and will now be able to put this minor injury scare behind him.
“We don’t know if it will come back,” Williams said. “We don’t know if he’ll have another cramp or not. We’ll have to take it start by start. In between starts we’ll get a better indication of how he’s feeling or if he feels it again or not. But I think he’s fine.”
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