Forearm injury to cost Jordan Zimmermann most of 2020 season

Jordan Zimmermann forearm injury
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Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann will miss most if not all of the 2020 season due to a forearm injury. MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports that the Tigers placed Zimmermann on the 45-day injured list — the equivalent of the 60-day IL for this season — due to a right forearm strain. He was scheduled to pitch in an intrasquad game on Friday but complained of soreness and was examined by team doctors, who made the determination.

Zimmermann, 34, is in the last year of a five-year, $110 million contract that has turned out disastrous for the Tigers. Over the last four seasons, Zimmermann has a 5.61 ERA and has become increasingly slowed by injuries. The right-hander suffered a sprained UCL early last season and finished 1-13 with a 6.91 ERA over 112 innings of work. He opted to rehab the injury rather than undergo surgery. As Beck notes, Zimmermann will once again attempt to rehabilitate his injury in order to potentially rejoin the team late in the season.

While the Tigers are expected to be a bit more competitive than in 2019, they are still projected to be among the worst teams in the majors. Only the Orioles,. Royals, Mariners, and Giants are projected to accrue fewer wins than the Tigers this year, per Baseball Prospectus. It might seem futile for Zimmermann to attempt to come back and make a few starts for a floundering team, but he recently said he isn’t thinking about retirement. He will, essentially, be pitching for his next contract.

Blue Jays hire Don Mattingly as bench coach

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TORONTO — Don Mattingly is joining the Toronto Blue Jays as bench coach to manager John Schneider, the team announced.

The former New York Yankees slugger, a six-time All-Star, joins the Blue Jays after seven seasons as manager of the Florida Marlins, where he won NL Manager of the Year honors in 2020.

Mattingly previously spent five seasons as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning three division titles in that span. He also worked as hitting coach and bench coach for the Yankees, and as hitting coach of the Dodgers before his managerial stint in Los Angeles.

In Toronto, Mattingly replaces Casey Candaele, who was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to serve as Schneider’s bench coach after the Jays fired manager Charlie Montoyo in July, replacing him with Schneider. The Blue Jays said Candaele will resume his job as manager of the Triple-A Bisons in 2023.

Mattingly spent his entire 14-year playing career with the Yankees, winning nine Gold Glove awards at first base, three Silver Slugger awards, the 1984 AL batting title and the 1985 AL MVP award.