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.

Indians place Andrew Miller on 10-day disabled list with knee inflammation

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It’s been one issue after the next for Indians reliever Andrew Miller, and on Saturday, the left-hander landed back on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation. According to comments made by club manager Terry Francona, Miller’s knee has been a problem since the start of the year. The team has yet to determine a concrete timetable for his return to the bullpen.

Miller, 33, hasn’t looked like his usual sub-2.00 ERA, 2.0+ fWAR self this season, though he paired a 4.40 ERA and 6.3 BB/9 with an impressive 14.4 SO/9 across his first 14 1/3 innings. A left hamstring strain and minor back injury hampered his effectiveness on the mound, though this appears to be a more serious issue — especially given the five weeks he spent recovering from a tendon injury in his right knee last year.

In corresponding moves, the Indians designated right-hander Oliver Drake for assignment and recalled Triple-A right-handers Ben Taylor and Evan Marshall. Taylor, 25, was working on a 3.63 ERA, 1.0 BB/9 and 11.4 SO/9 through 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A Columbus, while 28-year-old Marshall turned in a terrific 0.77 ERA, 0.8 BB/9 and 6.9 SO/9 over his first 11 2/3 innings. Neither reliever has pitched more than a handful of innings at the big league level in 2018.