Jordan Zimmermann became the final Nationals starter to make his first spring appearance today, and he ensured a smooth first time through the rotation. Zimmermann breezed through three innings with a nasty slider and an occasionally erratic fastball, allowing no runs on three singles and a walk while hitting a batter and striking out three.

All three of Zimmermann's strikeouts came on swing-and-miss sliders, which induced awkward flails from Eugenio Velez, Zack Cox and Mike Adams. He found trouble after he hit Bryan Anderson to put two men on base with one out, but he got out of it when Alex Cora hit a shallow flare to left, which Roger Bernadina turned into a double play.