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Jordan Zimmermann says neck problems aren’t to blame for shortest start of career

Jul 22, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Jordan Zimmermann sat out the All-Star game because of a lingering neck injury that’s bothered him for months and then struggled yesterday in his first start of the second half, failing to make it out of the third inning in the shortest start of his career.

However, afterward the Nationals right-hander insisted to James Wagner of the Washington Post that the injury isn’t to blame for his coughing up seven runs while recording six outs:

It was just one of those days where nothing was working. The neck feels awesome. I threw when I was home a little bit. When I was back, I had a few days to throw. I had plenty enough time to throw and get ready. But the command wasn’t there.

Zimmermann went 10 days between starts, which probably helped the neck injury and hurt his command. According to Wagner even manager Davey Johnson “feared that Zimmermann’s struggles were because his neck was acting up again” before being told otherwise.

  1. stex52 - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I hope he is okay. He’s been something to watch so far this season.

  2. lifeatford - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Because of all the hate there is being printed about A.Rod, which are not proven facts I am taking all Yahoo sites off my computer and all of N.B.C. The callous writing about a person with out fact is sickening to the point that angers me to no end. GOOD BY HOPE ALL YOU HATERS HAVE PAIN IN YOUR FAMILY’S AS MUCH AS YOU DEAL OUT WITH YOUR HATE!!
    Robert Huey

    • stex52 - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Well, goodbye, I guess. Have a good life.

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