Jordan Zimmermann strikes out six, 'dead arm' no longer a concern

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Zimmermann seems to have already shaken 'dead arm.' (USATSI)

Late last week, MLB.com's Bill Ladson reported that Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was dealing with "dead arm," which means he was experiencing arm fatigue. Usually when that happens to younger pitchers in the spring it passes, but it's always at least worth minor concern.

Zimmermann appears to have already put any concerns to rest.

Against the Mets Wednesday in spring action, Zimmermann worked 4 2/3 innings. He allowed four hits and a run, but that's not the most important takeaway. He struck out six, which is a great sign his arm was feeling just fine. Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington was on hand and said Zimmermann looked "pretty sharp," while Amanda Comak of the Washington Times noted that Zimmermann "looked mostly like his usual self."

So, as is the case with most spring dead-arm cases, it was only a temporary setback for Zimmermann.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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