The Brewers have selected right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and optioned fellow righty Patrick Weigel to their alternate site, the team announced.
Zimmermann’s promotion comes with the Brewers dealing with a rash of health problems, including in their rotation. Left-hander Brett Anderson went on the 10-day injured list with a strained hamstring last week, while replacement Zack Godley landed on the 10-day IL after one start because of a finger issue. Worst of all, the Brewers placed star righty Corbin Burnes on the IL on Wednesday, likely on account of a positive COVID-19 test.
Zimmermann was a standout in his own right earlier in his career, though his production has tanked since he left the Nationals for the Tigers on a five-year, $110MM contract prior to the 2016 campaign. The former workhorse threw 514 1/3 innings with Detroit, including just 5 2/3 last year, and pitched to a woeful 5.63 ERA. As a result of that miserable stretch, Zimmermann was unable to land a guaranteed contract during his trip to free agency this past offseason. The 34-year-old sat on the open market for a few months before signing a minor league deal with the Brewers in February.
It’s finally happening.
This is unfortunate
So many injuries woof
So Good (despite the injures)
Wish JZ the best. Hope he turns back the clocks and does well for Brewers as he once did for Nationals.
That guy a beast
The only thing this guy ever wanted was to play for the Brewers, congrats to him. Long time coming…
I believe in the guy
Yep it is
I too believe in the guy. Believe he will implode like he did the last 5 years. I still wish him luck but don’t see it
the cycle of starters
110 million good gosh. Sure wish baseball would start paying the younger guys quicker. If they did nobody would have ever given this guy 110 million…..
How in the world did this guy fall off a cliff so suddenly? He was great with the nationals then turned into the worst starter in baseball. It was kind of surprising and very sudden.
Ubaldo just said “hold my beer.”
I hope he can put the Tiger years in rear view mirror. He really struggled with his health and mechanics while there. Good luck JZ
Nats are still thanking the baseball gods for the wisdom to not extend him. I hope he can recapture the dominance he showed in WAS, but those 4 hideous years in DET cannot be ignored.
A headline no first-place team can feel good about.