We’ve been tracking Jordan Zimmermann’s rehab from Tommy John surgery all season. And it’s time for another update.
The 24-year-old right-hander was activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Nationals this week and sent to Triple-A Syracuse to continue working on his craft. He made his first appearance for the Syrcause Chiefs on Thursday night, according to the Washington Post, and rattled off three no-hit innings while facing a minimum of nine batters.
Yet another fine performance. Zimmermann entered the outing with a 2.38 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 19/3 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 rehab innings. He’s hit 93 MPH with his fastball and is expected to go four innings next time out. If the great results continue, the Nats could add him to their starting rotation by early September.
And even if Zimmermann doesn’t make it back this year for precautionary reasons, the Nats have a whole lot to look forward to rotation-wise heading into 2011.
On September 20, 2015, Zach Britton blew a save against the Rays. Little did he know that he wouldn’t blow another save until August 23, 2017, converting 60 consecutive save opportunities.
Britton took the mound with a 7-5 lead in the top of the ninth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Athletics. He yielded a single to Jed Lowrie, a double to Boog Powell, an RBI single to Marcus Semien, and a sacrifice fly to Matt Joyce to allow the A’s to close the two-run deficit. In the next at-bat, he uncorked a wild pitch and then walked Khris Davis before being removed from the game. Miguel Castro relieved Britton, but walked Ryon Healy on four pitches to load the bases. Castro wriggled out of the jam by getting Matt Olson to pop up and striking out Matt Chapman, stranding two of Britton’s runners.
Britton entered Wednesday’s action 11-for-11 in save chances on the season with a 2.88 ERA and a 19/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. He missed two months earlier this season with a strained left forearm.
710 WOR’s Wayne Randazzo reports that Mets starter Noah Syndergaard‘s bullpen session has been pushed back a day or two. According to manager Terry Collins, it’s just a precaution. But, given the Mets’ history with injuries turning out to be much worse than expected, this is a bit concerning.
Syndergaard, 24, has been on the disabled list since the beginning of May with a partial tear of his right lat muscle. Prior to his April 30 start in which he suffered the lat injury, Syndergaard refused to undergo an MRI for his sore biceps.
In his five starts before the injury, Syndergaard gave up 14 runs (10 earned) on 28 hits and two walks with 32 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings.