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Jeff Zimmerman | Relief Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (42) / 8/9/1972
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mariners signed RHP Jeff Zimmerman to a minor league contract.
Zimmerman underwent his second Tommy John surgery back in 2004, and it's been eight years since the former All-Star has pitched in the majors. Though he's gearing it up to 90 mph again, the 36-year-old is a long shot to make it back to "the show." That doesn't mean we won't be rooting for him to pull off the improbable. Tue, Apr 7, 2009 08:58:00 PM

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Former All-Star reliever Jeff Zimmerman's latest attempt to come back from two major elbow surgeries has come to an end.

Zimmerman now plans to take up to a year off from throwing in the hopes that rest can do what intense rehabilitation has not.
Tue, Sep 13, 2005 09:35:00 AM

MLB has rejected the minor league deal agreed to by Jeff Zimmerman and the Rangers.

This isn't a surprise. The Rangers will re-sign Zimmerman at a later date. It will likely happen next month. Under baseball procedures, when spring training starts a team can ask the other 29 major league clubs to allow it to re-sign a former player to a minor league deal. Zimmerman still wouldn't be eligible to play in the majors until May 1, but that's a non-issue.
Tue, Jan 4, 2005 07:38:00 PM

Jeff Zimmerman began tossing about three weeks ago. He doesn't plan to start throwing off a mound until "spring or early summer."

Zimmerman, who signed a minor league deal with the Rangers, is coming back from a second Tommy John surgery. "I want to do everything possible to err on the side of caution," he said. "This is probably my last chance." If Zimmerman pitches in the majors this season, it probably won't happen until after the All-Star break.
Sun, Jan 2, 2005 04:31:00 AM

Rangers re-signed RHP Jeff Zimmerman to a minor league contract.

Zimmerman won't be eligible to pitch in the majors until after May 1, but that won't be a problem. He may return from a second Tommy John surgery after the All-Star break. "I'll be ready when I'm ready. I've been burnt the last three years trying to answer that question, giving days and timelines," Zimmerman said. "It hasn't worked for me. I'm not making that mistake again. The plan is to get me healthy and productive."
Tue, Dec 21, 2004 07:16:00 PM

The Rangers didn't offer Jeff Zimmerman arbitration, but they could still re-sign him to a minor league contract.

Because he wasn't offered arbitration, Zimmerman couldn't pitch in the majors for the Rangers until May 1. That's not going to be a problem, though, since he's probably not going to be ready to return from Tommy John surgery until after the All-Star break. It's possible we'll see the same type of thing happen with the Giants and Robb Nen.
Wed, Dec 8, 2004 02:37:00 PM

The Rangers might re-sign Jeff Zimmerman to a minor league contract.

Zimmerman, coming off a second Tommy John surgery, won't be ready for the start of next year.
Tue, Dec 7, 2004 01:05:00 PM

Jeff Zimmerman went in 10 days ago expecting to have surgery on his flexor tendon, but woke up to discover he had undergone a second Tommy John procedure on his right elbow.

There was more damage than anticipated in his arm, and any possible return has been pushed back another year.
Sat, Jul 17, 2004 07:24:00 AM

Jeff Zimmerman will undergo surgery on his right flexor tendon today and will miss the rest of the season.

His chances of being a productive major league pitcher are dwindling. Zimmerman has not be healthy in two years.
Thu, Jul 8, 2004 08:22:00 AM

Jeff Zimmerman will likely need further surgery on his right elbow.

He needs yet another procedure to repair damage in his right flexor tendon. At this rate, Zimmerman may never make it back to the majors in one piece.
Tue, Jun 29, 2004 08:49:00 AM

Neither Jay Powell nor Jeff Zimmerman threw well Friday, and both are now candidates for surgery.

Looks like another lost year for Zimmerman.
Sat, Jun 26, 2004 09:43:00 AM

Jeff Zimmerman reported more discomfort in his right elbow after throwing in the bullpen this past Saturday.

It is looking more and more like Zimmerman will not be able to pitch in the majors this season.
Wed, Jun 16, 2004 08:42:00 AM

Jeff Zimmerman (elbow) worked from a bullpen Saturday but didn't report anything of significance.

"It was a huge step from flat ground," Zimmerman said. "Now we'll see how the arm responds [today]. There's really no future timetable." Zimmerman is still a long ways away from contributing to the Rangers this season.
Sun, Jun 13, 2004 10:14:00 AM

Jeff Zimmerman played catch for the first time since he had surgery on his right elbow earlier in the year.

As there is no timetable for Zimmerman's return to action, consider him sidelined indefinitely.
Thu, May 13, 2004 08:56:00 AM

Jeff Zimmerman will see team physician Keith Meister on Friday to get a better feel for when he can throw.

It has been three weeks since Zimmerman had an entrapped nerve in his right forearm freed via surgery. He is hoping to get clearance to throw next week, provided swelling from the surgery has subsided.
Fri, Apr 30, 2004 12:41:00 PM