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Jordan Zimmermann | Starting Pitcher | #27

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/23/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 223
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 2 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Jordan Zimmermann couldn't escape the first inning Wednesday against the Braves, allowing four runs while getting just two outs.
Zimmermann appeared to get the third out with his 40th and final pitch, but James McCann lost a popup in the sun. At that point, the Tigers had little choice but to pull him. Zimmermann has allowed 10 runs and 13 hits in six innings this spring. He's struck out just two batters. He'll figure it out and probably manage to hold his own for the Tigers, but he's not at all recommended in fantasy leagues this year. Mar 15 - 5:03 PM

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Jordan Zimmermann was lit up for five runs in 1 1/3 innings by the Blue Jays on Friday.

He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out none of the 11 hitters he faced. We can envision Zimmermann bouncing back and serving as a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter for the Tigers this year, but his old upside is pretty much gone at this point.
Mar 10 - 4:45 PM

Jordan Zimmermann allowed two hits and two walks in two innings of scoreless work in a start against the Yankees on Saturday.

He is lined up to serve as the Tigers' number three starter this season. He pitched through nagging neck and lat injuries in 2016, finishing with a rough 4.87 ERA and only 66 strikeouts in 105 1/3 innings. Fantasy owners are hoping for better results this year if he is fully recovered.
Mar 4 - 5:43 PM

Jordan Zimmermann said he felt good after throwing to hitters on Sunday.

And he drew a nice review from Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. Zimmermann battled neck and lat injuries in 2016 and wound up with a rough 4.87 ERA in 105 1/3 innings. His career ERA before last year was 3.32. Maybe a bounceback is coming this season.
Feb 20 - 9:51 AM

Jordan Zimmermann (neck, lat) threw a pain-free bullpen session last week.

Another step in the right direction for Zimmermann, who struggled in the second half of the 2016 season largely due to neck and lat injuries. The 30-year-old starter is expected to be 100 percent for the beginning of spring training. He has four years and $92 million remaining on his contract with Detroit.
Jan 19 - 2:21 PM

Jordan Zimmermann (neck) is throwing pain-free from a distance of 180 feet.

Zimmermann started strong in his first year with the Tigers, but he faded badly as the season moved along and missed most of the second half with neck and lat injuries. Tigers general manager Al Avila said in December that Zimmermann went to a specialist and received injections in his neck, but he's already throwing and is on track for spring training. The 30-year-old still has four years and $92 million remaining on his contract.
Jan 3 - 1:22 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Monday that Jordan Zimmermann went to a specialist and received "injections in certain parts of his neck that block those areas where he had pain."

Zimmermann posted a 0.55 ERA in April last season but then a 6.84 ERA the rest of the way as he battled through neck and groin ailments. Avila said Zimmermann "reports no pain" while doing physical therapy since the injections and is set to receive one more injection this winter. "He’s feeling very good right now and so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that that carries into spring training, into the season and that fixes everything," Avila said. While it's potentially good news that the injections have helped Zimmermann, this is still very much a fingers crossed situation. The health issues and drop in velocity make the righty a sketchy fantasy proposition going into 2017.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 11:23:00 PM

Jordan Zimmermann was pinned with the loss Saturday, allowing two runs over four innings against the Braves.

Still working to get his pitch count up after neck and lat issues have kept him sidelined for most of the second half, Zimmermann kept the Braves off the board until Freddie Freeman got to him for a two-run homer in the fourth inning. The 30-year-old walked three and allowed three hits before exiting. In 19 games this year, Zimmermann put up a 4.87 ERA and finished 9-7 overall in his first year with the Tigers. They'll certainly hope for a better showing from their high-priced investment next season.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 11:14:00 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced after Thursday's rain out that Jordan Zimmermann will start on Saturday against the Braves in Atlanta.

Daniel Norris, the scheduled starter Thursday, will move back and work the series opener in Atlanta on Friday. That means the club will have the benefir of skipping Buck Farmer who had been scheduled to work on Saturday.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 06:41:00 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Jordan Zimmermann will start against the Braves on Friday.

Zimmermann was a potential starter for Saturday, too, but Ausmus is opting to trot him out a day earlier. He just recently returned from a pesky lat injury, throwing three innings of relief against the Reds on Sunday. As for the rest of the weekend rotation, Matt Boyd or Buck Farmer will start on Saturday, with Justin Verlander set to close out the campaign on Sunday. The Tigers currently sit one game behind the Orioles for the second Wild Card.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 04:40:00 PM

Jordan Zimmermann could start Saturday at Atlanta.

Zimmermann looked sharp in a three-inning relief appearance Sunday versus the Royals, yielding one run while striking out four. He threw 30 of his 35 pitches for strikes. It was the first appearance since September 10 for the 30-year-old right-hander, who has been battling lat trouble since late June. Saturday's game is setting up as a must-win for Detroit. Zimmermann is a risky fantasy play, even against the lowly Braves, because of his limited recent workload.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 12:53:00 PM

Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Monday.

He's still trying to correct his ills on the side without effecting the Tigers in live game action. Until he gets his mechanics back in order, it would be surprising to see him make another start for the Tigers as they push for a wild card berth.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 10:52:00 AM

Jordan Zimmermann said Thursday that he feels "good" but admitted he's "a little inconsistent" when throwing out of the windup.

Zimmermann has thrown a couple simulated games as he tries to get his mechanics in order. "I feel good," he said. "My body and everything feels good. I feel really good out of the stretch. The wind-up is the only thing, and I still throw pretty well out of the wind-up. It’s just a little inconsistent, which I guess is expected when I got down three times and build back up three times." Zimmermann added that he feels like "I can go out there and compete and pitch," but the Tigers will have him throw another simulated game Monday. It's possible he could make a start in Atlanta during the final weekend of the season.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 10:14:00 AM

Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to throw another simulated game on Monday.

Zimmermann hasn't looked sharp in his last two sim games, and he might have to really impress in this one Monday to get an appearance in the final week. The right-hander missed all of July and most of August with a lat injury and he gave up six runs in one official inning September 10 against the Orioles. That was his last outing for Detroit. He's made just one other appearance (August 4) since June 30.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 12:14:00 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus offered an underwhelming review of Jordan Zimmermann's simulated game Tuesday afternoon at Target Field.

"About the same as the other day," said Ausmus. "He feels fine, he feels healthy, he just feels inconsistent with his mechanics. I think he’s a little frustrated that he can’t get his mechanics working more consistently." Zimmermann allowed six runs in one official inning of work September 10 against the Orioles after missing all of July and most of August with a lat injury. It doesn't sound like he'll be cleared to rejoin the Tigers' rotation anytime soon.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 09:09:00 PM

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