Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann went back to Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas last week expecting to get another nerve-blocking injection in his neck. He needed two of them in the span of a year (one in November 2016, one in September) to relieve the pain and stiffness in his neck and shoulder. The hope was to get one shot at the start of spring training and that would last the whole year. But Dr. Dossett had a different plan. Instead of getting injected in the neck, Zimmermann took it in the back. The end result is positive — Zimmermann will resume his throwing program Tuesday. “I went down there and asked, ‘Am I getting a shot in the neck, or what?’ ” Zimmermann said Monday after throwing lightly on flat ground. “And (Dossett) said no. He asked how I was feeling, and I said I felt fine. I feel good throwing and I didn’t feel anything in my neck. “Then he said, ‘Well, it doesn’t pay to get it in the neck then.’ It would be like the boy who cried wolf, you know? Get it now when I don’t need it and then if I need it down the road it’s not going to work as good.” He took the injection in mid-back on the right side. “I have a couple of bulging discs and I was feeling a little tightness back there,” Zimmermann said. “A little shooting pain that came around in front of my ribs. There are nerves that come off the spine that wrap around like that.
Tigers’ Zimmermann sees positive results from back injection
Detroit News | Feb 12