Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann got pounded by the Cardinals on Friday, surrendering eight runs on nine hits in just three innings. He walked two and struck out one. MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports Washington's No. 3 starter is now dealing with a "dead arm."
"Dead arm" might be the scariest term in baseball, but it is a fairly common issue for pitchers this time of year. A lot of guys deal with fatigue after two or three spring training outings and are fine after a few days of rest. Chances are the same will be true for Zimmermann, but any time a pitcher complains of a sore or dead arm, the situation is worth monitoring.
Zimmermann, 26, went 12-8 with a 2.94 ERA in 195 2/3 innings last season. The Cardinals roughed him up in his only NLDS start, scoring five runs on seven hits in three innings. He returned later in the series to strike out the side in a perfect inning out of the bullpen.
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