When Jordan Zimmermann talked to reporters earlier this week, the Washington Nationals' starter said he was going to focus on using his change as more of a weapon this season so that opposing hitters had something else to think about when facing him. The 26-year-old, '07 2nd Round pick has used a change in the past, but said he just wanted to get more comfortable throwing the pitch in any count to keep hitters off-balance. "I'm at a point right now where I feel comfortable throwing it," Zimmermann said, "but I don't know if I'm to the point where I want to throw it 2-0 yet."

In his first start of the Spring this afternoon, Zimmermann went 3.0 innings on 43 pitches, 26 of them strikes, allowing a run on two hits by the Miami Marlins. "I threw strikes," Zimmermann said, and he was, "attacking the hitters" and still able to, "... mix in a few changeups, which were mostly good ones and I'm happy with the first outing." Zimmermann has thrown the change in the past, but he's working this Spring on taking something off of it too, so there is more of difference between it and his fastball which sits around 93-4 mph.

"There were a few that were 88-89," Zimmermann said of his changeups in past seasons, "and I'd like to be in the 86-7 [mph] range if I can get it there." Told this afternoon that scouts had the change at around 83-84 mph, as the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reported, Zimmermann was happy to hear it.