Jordan Zimmermann dealing with “dead arm”

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Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman allowed eight runs in three innings of work against the Cardinals this afternoon. Speaking to the media after the game, manager Davey Johnson said his right-hander was suffering from a “dead arm”. Via MLB.com’s Bill Ladson:

“About this time of spring, the pitchers are going through a little dead arm. I think [Zimmermann] had a little dead arm,” Johnson said. “He got some treatment. There is nothing to be worried about.”

Zimmermann, who finished the regular season with a 2.94 ERA in 195.2 innings, is the #3 in the Nationals’ rotation behind Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. He did not blame his poor performance on his dead arm, instead giving credit to the opposition. He said, “When I did make some good pitches today, they put some good wood on it and hit a few down the line.”

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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