Jordan Zimmermann won’t play in All-Star Game
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann will not pitch in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field on Tuesday.
According to MLB.com, Zimmermann has tightness in his neck and an MRI on Friday showed that he had soft tissue issues in his neck. Even though Zimmermann will not take part in the game, he will still make the trip with his family to Citi Field.
“I rather be healthy than go out there and just pitch one inning and then have the whole second half shot,” Zimmermann said. “I think taking a few days off, no throwing and rest, we’ll be good to go.”
According to the Associated Press, Nationals manager Davey Johnson plans on talking to National League manager Bruce Bochy to have a different Nationals pitcher to replace Zimmermann on the all-star roster. Possibilities who could replace Zimmermann are Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, or Rafael Soriano.
This is Zimmermann’s first time being named an all-star and he has pitched extremely well, going 12-4 with a 2.54 earned run average in 19 starts for the Nationals.