Zimmermann announced his retirement Tuesday. Zimmermann was close to retirement in late April when the Brewers chose to promote him from the alternate site, but he'll decide to end his career after all following just two appearances this season. He'll close his 13-year career with 95 wins, a 4.07 ERA and 1,271 strikeouts.
Zimmermann had his contract selected from the alternate site Thursday. Zimmermann was cut and then rejoined the Brewers just before the regular season began. While he was expected to begin the season at Triple-A Nashville, the team's recent placement of Corbin Burnes (undisclosed) and Zack Godley (finger) on the injured list has tested its pitching depth. It remains to be seen what Zimmermann's role will be with the club.
Zimmermann signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Saturday. Zimmermann was released by Milwaukee on Friday after failing to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster, but he'll return to the organization just one day later. The right-hander should begin the year at Triple-A Nashville.
Zimmermann was released by the Brewers on Friday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. The 34-year-old was unable to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster, though the Brewers are still hoping to re-sign the veteran to a minor-league deal. Zimmermann was due a $100,000 retention bonus Saturday, so the release and potential re-signing would save some money for Milwaukee.
Zimmermann signed with the Brewers as a non-roster invitee Tuesday. The 34-year-old recorded a strong 3.32 ERA in his first seven seasons in the league as a National, but he became an entirely different and significantly worse pitcher after signing a five-year, nine-figure deal with the Tigers, struggling to a 5.63 ERA. A forearm injury limited him to just 5.2 innings last season. There's very little in his recent track record that suggests he'll be able to fill an important role in Milwaukee, but the Brewers will be happy with whatever they get out of him given his low price tag.
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