Jordan Zimmermann just suffered his worst season ever in 2016. The real question at this point is how much of it was injury-related and how much was a degradation of skills? His 3.66 ERA in 2015 might push you closer to degradation, but his strikeout and walk rates that year were completely in line with his 2011-13 seasons while his 2014 stands out as a career year. The one key change in 2015 was his career-worst home run rate (1.1 HR/9) and it was even a tick worse in 2016 at 1.2 HR/9. Neck and lat injuries might have been at play in the career-low 15 percent strikeout rate and the spike in walk rate to six percent, his highest since 2009. Zimmermann had a 3.24 ERA through 13 starts, before he allowed 11 earned runs in 9.2 innings in two starts before the neck injury and another 15 earned runs in 9.2 innings the rest of the way with a second DL stint mixed in. A healthy Zimmermann should yield something close to a 4.00 ERA in his age-30 campaign.
Zimmermann retired just two batters in Wednesday's spring training win over the Braves, allowing four hits and four earned runs. It's been a poor spring for the 30-year-old, as he's given up 13 hits and 10 earned runs in just six innings. But the important thing at this point is that Zimmermann is healthy after he endured an injury-marred 2016. Still, fantasy owners should probably temper their expectations for Zimmermann, who's seen his ERA climb by a full run in each of the last two seasons.
Zimmerman struck out one and allowed one run on two hits in 2.0 innings during his spring debut Monday. This is a big first step for Zimmerman, who was only able to pitch 105.1 innings in 2016 due to neck issues. He received two neck injections over the offseason and reportedly came into spring training feeling 100 percent. The 30-year-old is looking to rebound after posting a 4.87 ERA last season, and staying healthy will be the key for him in 2017.
Zimmermann is reporting full health at the beginning of spring training, The Detroit Free Press reports. Injuries derailed Zimmermann in 2016 after a solid start to the season. He received two neck injections during the offseason, and his health will be a critical storyline during spring training. He projects as the Tigers' No. 3 starter behind Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer. Fantasy owners will want to tread cautiously, but Zimmermann does offer some appeal as a discounted option this season. Just don't get too attached.
Zimmermann (neck) threw pain-free off a mound last week, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. The right-hander was treated with injections and underwent physical therapy earlier in the offseason to address the neck and back pain he dealt with throughout a significant portion of 2016. It sounds like he's doing well and is on track for spring training. Zimmermann saw his strikeout rate plummet in his first season with Detroit (from 7.3 K/9 to 5.6), coinciding with another downtick in average fastball velocity.
Zimmermann (neck) has received injections to help treat his neck pain, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports. Zimmermann is apparently feeling no pain during his physical therapy this offseason, but he has been receiving scheduled neck injections to help combat the pain that plagued him at times during the 2016 season. The 30-year-old is coming off a disappointing campaign in which he posted a 4.87 ERA over 105.1 innings, but figures to be a key piece in the Tigers' rotation this year.