Two years ago, Jordan Zimmermann was one of the star attractions at TigerFest. And for a short time, it looked like he would be worth every penny of the budget-busting, five-year, $110 million deal he signed with the Tigers that winter. He went 5-0 with an 0.55 ERA in his first month as a Detroit Tigers pitcher, winning the American League Pitcher of the Month Award on the strength of the one of the best Aprils in modern history. Since then, he's gone 12-20 with a 6.31 ERA in 232 1/3 innings. That his contract is a bust now seems like a foregone conclusion. Instead of a front-line starter, the Tigers simply hope he can be a serviceable innings-eater for a few years. To do that, Zimmermann will need to be healthy. After experiencing back and neck ailments at various points over the last two seasons, Zimmermann is encouraged by his health. "It feels good. I have no issues," he said. "I have felt better coming to spring training this year than I have the past couple of years. That's encouraging." Zimmermann will get an injection in his neck during spring training. He only expects to be out of action for a few days, and he hopes the timing of the injection ensures he won't need another one later this season.
Healthy (for now), Jordan Zimmermann looks with optimism to brighter 2018
Michigan Live | Jan 31