That’s not a deceiving headline, is it? Sorry. Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (with two n’s) underwent Tommy John surgery just last August, and yet he told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post on Wednesday afternoon that he wants to pitch this season.
“I really want to get back this year and pitch,” said Zimmermann. “I don’t want to wait 18
months and not step on a mound and then come to spring training having
not thrown at a big league level.”
It’s a pipe dream. No pitcher returns from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery within a year and Zimmermann isn’t going to either. It’s a shame, too, because the 23-year-old righty was on a roll before he got injured last summer. He finished the 2009 season prematurely with a 4.63 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 92/29 K/BB ratio over 16 starts (91 1/3 innings). See you in 2011, Jordan.
The Yankees interviewed Aaron Boone for their managerial vacancy on Friday, and today it was Chris Woodward’s turn. That makes at least five interviews since the offseason began, and Woodward’s likely won’t be the last.
Like fellow candidate Eric Wedge, whom the Yankees interviewed just last week, Woodward has never played or coached for the club. He spent the majority of his 12-year career with the Blue Jays and picked up brief stints with the Mets, Braves, Mariners and Red Sox before returning to Toronto for his final season in 2011. Following retirement, he served as the Mariners’ minor league infield coordinator and infield and first base coach from 2012-2015. During the 2015 offseason, he jumped over to the National League to work with the Dodgers as a third base coach, and saw his first postseason run since the Mets lost to the Dodgers in the 2006 NLDS.
While Woodward has yet to manage at the major league level, he was named manager of the New Zealand national team during the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifiers. It’s certainly conceivable that the Yankees would prefer a candidate with significant experience leading a major league team, but right now the only person who fits that bill is Eric Wedge — and, well, it’s Eric Wedge.