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Jordan Zimmermann dealing with “dead arm”

Mar 8, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

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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.”

  1. historiophiliac - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    So, “mostly dead” then?

    • chacochicken - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      I think we are talking “Weekend At Bernie’s” dead.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Which of course, means that it’s still “slightly alive.” That’s important, because if it’s completely dead, there’s usually only one thing you can do.

  2. chacochicken - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Do they have scorpions in Florida?

  3. westcoastredbird - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    The Nats just speed-dialed Scott Boras about Kyle Lohse. It should take about three days of negotiating against themselves to get it done. Here comes the porterhouse steak!

  4. jdouble777 - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Upon winning the Cy Young…headlines read: Once believed to be dead, Jordan Zimmerman’s zombie arm is eating opposing hitters alive.

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