Jordan Zimmermann was getting hit hard in his start tonight in Citizens Bank Park, giving up six hits and four runs in 3 ⅓ IP against the Philadelphia Phillies before he was lifted from tonight's game. Zimmermann delivered a 1-2 pitch to Philly catcher Cameron Rupp with one down in the fourth inning then motioned to the Nats' dugout.
Jordan Zimmermann gets a visit from the training staff, manager Matt Williams & pitching coach Steve McCatty here in the fourth.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 12, 2014
Pitching coach Steve McCatty, manager Matt Williams and the Nationals' trainer came out to the mound and quickly motioned to the dugout to get another pitcher up. Craig Stammen came out of the bullpen to replace the Nats' 28-year-old right-hander on the mound and the baseball fans in the nation's capital went into a collective panic.
Craig Stammen will come on in relief of Jordan Zimmermann, who exits with one out in the 4th. Stammen will get all the time he needs to warm— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 12, 2014
Zimmermann entered the game in the midst of an incredibly hot stretch of starts which saw the Nationals' '07 2nd Round pick go (3-2) record with a 1.26 ERA in his last seven starts and 50 IP, over which he walked seven (1.26 BB/9), struck out 46 (8.28 K/9) and held opposing hitters to a combined .204/.233/.260 line. This past Sunday, the right-hander was named to the roster for the NL All-Star team for the second time in two seasons.
There was no obvious issue, though the Philly announce team mentioned him looking uncomfortable after running over to cover first base earlier in the game on a Ryan Howard groundout to first.
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• Jordan Zimmermann's Line: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 Ks, 53 P, 36 S, 3/1 GO/FO.