Jordan Zimmermann on verge of completing comeback from Tommy John surgery

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Jordan Zimmermann turned in another impressive start yesterday in his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery, tossing five innings of one-run ball at Triple-A.
Zimmermann now has a 1.82 ERA, .208 opponents’ batting average, and 26/5 K/BB ratio in 34.2 innings split between four levels, and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that he could be one more positive outing away from being called back up to the Nationals.
According to Kilgore he’ll likely be limited to five-inning starts down the stretch, as the Nationals want to keep his workload in check just 12 months removed from a surgery that typically has a recovery timetable of 12-18 months.
Stephen Strasburg gets all the attention when it comes to Nationals pitching phenoms and Ryan Zimmerman gets all the attention when it comes the team’s Zimmerman(n)s, but before the injury Jordan Zimmermann was looking like a potential ace himself and the early results are certainly extremely positive for the 24-year-old right-hander.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.