Jordan Zimmermann left tonight's start for the Washington Nationals with what the team said after the game was a right bicep cramp. The Nats' 28-year-old right-hander was hit hard while he was on the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies in Citizens Bank Park, giving up six hits and four runs in just 3 ⅓ IP before he delivered a 1-2 pitch to Phillies' catcher Cameron Rupp then motioned to the dugout.
The Nationals' trainer, pitching coach Steve McCatty and manager Matt Williams went out to the mound and quickly decided to remove the 28-year-old right-hander from the game after just 53 pitches, 36 of them strikes.
Jordan Zimmermann left tonight's game with a right bicep cramp, per #Nats Manager Matt Williams. Expected to get a precautionary MRI tmrw.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 12, 2014
Before the injury tonight, Zimmermann was in the midst of an impressive run which followed a rough month of May.
The Nationals' '07 2nd Round pick was (3-2) in seven starts in June/July with a 1.26 ERA in 50 IP, over which he's walked seven (1.26 BB/9), struck out 46 (8.28 K/9) and held opposing hitters to a combined .204/.233/.260 line.
On the year, he was (6-4) heading into tonight's start with a 2.79 ERA, a 2.71 FIP, 20 walks (1.64 BB/9) and 96 Ks (7.88 K/9) in 18 starts and 109 ⅔ IP before taking the mound tonight in Philadelphia.
• Here are the reports from beat writers on the scene in Citizens Bank Park tonight:
Williams says the cramp was contained in the "belly" of muscle, which is considered a positive sign.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) July 12, 2014
"I don't think it's anything major, to be honest with you." -- Jordan Zimmermann— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) July 12, 2014
Zimmermann said he felt cramp in biceps as game progressed. Confident it's not shoulder or elbow. "I don't think it's anything major."— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) July 12, 2014
Zimmermann will miss the All-Star Game because of injury for a second straight year. He's disappointed, but obviously not the focus here.— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) July 12, 2014
Zimmermann has been through Tommy John before. Says he's confident this isn't a similar issue. #Nats believe it's just a muscular issue— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) July 12, 2014
More information when it is available....