Zimmermann (neck) completed another bullpen session Thursday and will make a rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Toledo barring any setbacks, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports. Zimmermann landed on the DL in early July and has continued to make progress with his neck strain since. After he completes his rehab start Sunday, he could return to the team at some point next week as the chase for the playoffs begin to ramp up.
Zimmerman (neck) tossed a 25-pitch bullpen session Monday, Anthony French of the Detroit Free Press reports. Zimmerman continues to work his way back from a strained neck, and Monday marked his first time throwing off of elevated ground. The 30-year-old threw 25 fastballs, and manager Brad Ausmus reported that Zimmerman felt "no discomfort" afterward. The next step is unclear at this point, but Zimmerman figures to require a brief rehab stint prior to returning to the Tigers.
Zimmermann (neck) could throw a bullpen session Monday, Matthew Mowery of the Oakland Press reports. A neck strain forced Zimmermann to the DL at the beginning of the month, but after undergoing a chiropractic adjustment Friday, he's feeling good and appears close to returning to elevated ground. The 30-year-old figures to ultimately head out for a brief rehab assignment before slotting back into the major league rotation. Hopefully the time off will allow Zimmermann to return somewhere close to his early-season form.
Zimmermann (9-4) allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on nine hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings, but received no decision Thursday at the Rays. After allowing a run in the first inning, Zimmermann was tagged for four runs in the third inning, but the Tigers' offense came up big late in the contest to take him off the hook for a potential loss. Since owning a 2.58 ERA on June 3, he's now failed to post a quality start in four of his last five starts to raise his ERA to 3.95. He'll make his next start Tuesday at the Indians.
Zimmerman allowed one run on four hits while striking out five over eight innings, but received no decision Sunday at the Royals. Zimmerman only received a single run of offensive support, and his dominant effort failed to result in a victory. After allowing 11 earned runs in his last 11.2 innings over two starts, his solid effort lowered his ERA to 3.24. He'll make his next start Friday against the Indians.