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Tigers’ Zimmermann to miss much of year with forearm strain

July 18, 2020 GMT
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 file photo, Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann throws against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit. Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said Saturday, July 18, 2020 that right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is going on the 45-day injured list because of a right forearm strain.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 file photo, Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann throws against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit. Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said Saturday, July 18, 2020 that right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is going on the 45-day injured list because of a right forearm strain.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is going on the 45-day injured list because of a strained right forearm, meaning he won’t be available for much of this year, if at all.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said Saturday the right-hander doesn’t need surgery and could return at the end of this abbreviated season.

“He’s going to rehab,” Gardenhire said. “He played catch a couple of times. Feels fine, and then it starts getting a little sore, so now it’s just about doing the rehab and going from there.”

This is the final year of Zimmermann’s contract with Detroit. He went 1-13 with a 6.91 ERA last year and has struggled to stay healthy while with the Tigers. He has a 5.61 ERA in four seasons with Detroit

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Zimmermann’s latest injury takes away one option for Gardenhire’s starting rotation. Holdovers Matthew Boyd and Spencer Turnbull are back, along with Daniel Norris and Tyler Alexander. Michael Fulmer returns from Tommy John surgery, and Ivan Nova was acquired in the offseason.

Detroit also has several intriguing pitching prospects — including Casey Mize, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft — who could contribute at some point.

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