Tigers place Jordan Zimmermann on the disabled list with a strained neck

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The Tigers announced on Monday evening that the club placed starter Jordan Zimmermann on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained neck on the right side. The move is retroactive to July 1. The Tigers recalled pitcher Dustin Molleken from Triple-A Toledo to take Zimmermann’s spot on the roster.

Zimmermann, 30, started the season off in strong fashion, exiting his May 11 start against the Nationals with a 1.50 ERA. In eight starts since, he compiled a 6.42 ERA, which may be explained in part to his neck injury.

Zimmermann is in the first year of a five-year, $110 million contract with the Tigers.