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.
Zimmermann will open Sunday's season finale against the Royals, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Zimmermann has been a starter throughout his 12-year MLB career and likely could give the Tigers some length if they wanted it, but they'll want to give a handful of pitchers the chance to throw one last time this season. Tarik Skubal is expected to follow him out of the bullpen.
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed Saturday that Zimmermann will work out of Detroit's bullpen moving forward, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.
Zimmermann returned from the right forearm strain that had sidelined him all season to make a start Thursday in his 2020 debut, working three innings while giving up an unearned run en route to taking a no-decision against the Cardinals. Since Thursday's game was a doubleheader that forced Detroit to run out a six-man rotation last week, Zimmermann will find himself as the odd man out as Detroit's schedule allows the team to get by with five starters the rest of the way.
Zimmermann didn't factor into the decision during a 6-3 win over the Cardinals in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader, allowing one unearned run on four hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out one.
Making his first appearance of 2020 after he experienced forearm tightness in July and landed on the injured list, Zimmermann tossed 24 of 42 pitches for strikes in a solid performance, but he was on the hook for the loss before the Tigers staged a late rally from a 3-0 deficit. It's not clear if the 34-year-old right-hander will remain in the rotation or move into a long relief role, but Zimmermann made a strong case for another turn.
Zimmermann (forearm) was reinstated from the 45-day injured list Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
The veteran had been dealing with a strained right forearm since mid-July. He'll head straight into the starting rotation to start the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Whether or not he'll remain in the rotation the rest of the year remains to be seen, as the Tigers would likely prefer to give the majority of their remaining innings to younger players.
Zimmerman (forearm) will complete the live batting practice portion of his throwing progression Friday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Zimmerman has spent the early portion of the season recovering from the strained right forearm he suffered back in mid-July. It remains to be seen what sort of role he'll play for the surprisingly competitive Tigers upon his return.
Zimmermann (forearm) threw another successful bullpen session Friday, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
Zimmermann reportedly felt "really good" after he threw Friday and has a chance to progress to simulated games next week. The veteran has yet to make an appearance in 2020 after being placed on the 45-day injured list with forearm rightness just days before the season began. It seems as though Zimmermann is progressing well and could have a chance to debut before the regular season concludes.
Zimmermann (forearm) threw a bullpen session Friday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
The session was Zimmermann's first since landing on the injured list with a right forearm strain in mid-July. While he's on the 45-day injured list, he'll have a chance to return at some point in September if his recovery proceeds without setbacks.
Zimmermann (forearm) has progressed to playing long toss, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Zimmermann is on the 45-day injured list as he recovers from a right forearm strain. The right-hander hasn't been ruled out for the season and should progress to bullpen sessions at some point. His status for the end of the regular season could start to come into focus once the team sees how he responds to an increased workload.
Zimmermann (forearm) was placed on the 45-day injured list Saturday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Zimmermann was scratched from his scheduled pitching session Friday with right forearm tightness, but he was diagnosed with a right forearm strain Saturday that will cause him to miss at least a sizable portion of the season. The 34-year-old won't require surgery, and manager Ron Gardenhire was optimistic that Zimmermann could return before the end of the season. Daniel Norris (illness) could fill Zimmermann's spot in the rotation once Norris is able to return to action.
Zimmermann is experiencing forearm tightness Friday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Zimmermann missed time last season with a similar injury, so it's a bit concerning to see the issue pop up with a week remaining until Opening Day. The right-hander was scheduled to pitch Friday, but he'll be held out due to the issue. The exact nature and severity of the injury aren't known, but he's set for further examination in the coming days.
Zimmermann said he thinks the abbreviated schedule this year could allow him to stay healthy for the entire season, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Since coming to Detroit in 2016, Zimmermann has failed to reach 30 starts in a season as he's dealt with neck, lat, shoulder and elbow issues. He started at least 32 games in each of his last four seasons in Washington. "Not pitching the first couple of months of the season is probably going to help. I feel good right now and usually the last few years, it's been around this time where I would start getting tightness," Zimmermann said. "I don't anticipate anything flaring up this year." The 34-year-old has been a disappointment with the Tigers and has a pretty low fantasy stock at the moment coming off of a 6.91 ERA and 1.52 WHIP across 112 innings in 2019.
Zimmermann will likely be Detroit's No. 3 starter when the regular season is able to begin, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
McCosky projects Zimmermann to slot in behind Matthew Boyd and Spencer Turnbull, and ahead of Ivan Nova and Daniel Norris. Zimmermann had a horrific 2019 campaign, posting a 6.91 ERA in 23 starts, and his time in Detroit could come to an end whenever highly touted pitching prospects such as Casey Mize and Matt Manning are ready for the majors.
Zimmermann tossed four shutout innings in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals. He allowed one hit and two walks.
Zimmermann didn't record any strikeouts, but he was still able to stymie his former team. Pitching to contact can often lead to much worse outings, as evidenced by the veteran's career-worst 6.91 ERA last season to go with a 6.6 K/9. Zimmermann is nothing more than a staff filler at this point, and his inability to consistently miss bats makes him a very risky fantasy option.
Zimmermann was tagged for four earned runs on five hits across 2.2 innings in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays. He struck out three.
Zimmermann looked better in his spring debut Saturday, when he tossed two scoreless innings against the Phillies. The veteran had another rough go of it last season, posting a 6.91 ERA and 1.52 WHIP across 112 innings, and he's simply not a reliable fantasy option at this point in his career.
Zimmermann will start Saturday in the Tigers' Grapefruit League opener versus the Phillies, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Zimmermann will presumably head into his age-34 season with his spot in the rotation assured, but that's largely due to his pricey contract -- he's owed $50 million over the next two years -- rather than anything he's done over the first three seasons of his deal. The righty turned in career-worst marks in both ERA (6.91) and K-BB% (11.3%) while also seeing his average fastball velocity drop to a new low in 2019, leaving little reason to forecast a major bounceback in 2020. Detroit might be ready to write Zimmermann off as a sunk cost once prized prospects Matt Manning, Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal are deemed ready for the big-league rotation.
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