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.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.