The Tigers announced on Thursday that starter Jordan Zimmermann and teammate Christin Stewart both underwent core muscle repair surgery. Both are expected to be ready for spring training.
Zimmermann, 32, had another subpar season, going 7-8 with a 4.52 ERA and a 111/26 K/BB ratio in 131 1/3 innings across 25 starts for the Tigers. In three years since signing with the Tigers as a free agent, he has a 5.24 ERA across 72 starts and one relief appearance. Zimmermann has two years and $50 million remaining on his contract.
Stewart, 24, was a September call-up, playing some outfield. He hit a solid .267/.375/.417 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI in 72 plate appearances.
Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.
With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.
On the season, Hernández is now 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 21/3 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old had a rough 2017 and ’18, but the first-place Mariners are hoping he has something left in the tank. Hernández is earning $27 million this season and can become a free agent after the season.