The Tigers just got Jordan Zimmermann back after a more than month-long absence due to a neck strain. Today he made his first start since June 30. He lasted an inning and two-thirds and have up six runs on six hits — two homers — and didn’t strike anyone out while walking two. Not good.
But it wasn’t just rust. Manager Brad Ausmus just said that Zimmermann had an issue with his right lat muscle and couldn’t extend, leading to lower velocity and utter hittability. He’s having an MRI and the Tigers will soon know if they have to say goodbye to their pitcher once again.
The Tigers lost today, 6-3, ending their eight-game winning streak. But being without Zimmermann for an extended period once again may be the bigger loss.