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MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - INSIDE PITCH
Isn't this kind of the way things have gone for the Nationals this season?
Jordan Zimmermann, who's emerged in 2013 as a top-flight starter and earned his first All-Star berth, might have to skip the game due to persistent neck problems. That news came out after he pitched well again Thursday, but didn't get much offensive help as the Phillies edged the Nationals, 3-1.
The neck has been bothering Zimmermann (12-4) for a while in various ways. Washington's medical staff and the pitcher can't seem to get the pain under control, and Zimmermann told the media after Thursday's game that he'd consider skipping the All-Star Game.
"I'd rather be healthy for the second half than pitch in that," Zimmermann said in The Washington Post. "I'd like to pitch in it, but I'm not going to go up there and pitch an inning and have to battle in the second half."
Ian Desmond needed to miss last year's game after being picked, and Zimmerman's been arguably the best pitcher in baseball so far this year. The team and pitcher will make a decision in the next few days.
It's a tough spot for Zimmermann to be in, but it's clear that helping his team win means more to him.
MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Nationals (Stephen Strasburg, 5-6, 2.45) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi, 1-0, 2.56)
--RF Jayson Werth went 2-for-4 Thursday, extending his hitting streak to eight games. The ex-Phillie is now 10-for-25 this season (.400) against his former club. His first-inning single snapped the Nationals' season-long 0-for-16 streak with runners in scoring position, but Bryce Harper was thrown out at the plate by Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown.
--RHP Stephen Strasburg, Friday's starter, has won his last two decisions, most recently beating San Diego 11-7 on Sunday. He went six innings in that one, allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out nine and walking two. He fired seven shutout innings to beat the Marlins earlier this year and in his career he is 5-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 10 career starts against Miami.
--RHP Jordan Zimmermann saw a four-game winning streak come to an end with a loss to the Phillies Thursday night. Zimmermann pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed two runs and eight hits. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter. The Nats had won his seven previous starts, and began the night 15-3 in his outings. Zimmermann, who said he has been pitching lately with a stiff neck, is now 2-5 with a 4.37 ERA in eight career starts against the Phillies.
--1B Adam LaRoche was 0-for-4 Thursday and went 1-for-15 in the four-game series against the Phillies. LaRoche is hitting .249 this season, with 13 homers and 41 RBIs.
--CF Denard Span went 0-for-4 Thursday and was 0-for-13 in the series against Philadelphia. Span's average now stands at .257 this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I didn't get the slider low enough and he just flicked it out there." -- RHP Jordan Zimmermann on giving up a double in the seventh inning to Phillies pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen, who drove in the go-ahead run in a 3-1 loss Thursday.
MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Jordan Zimmermann (neck stiffness) might have to skip the All-Star Game. Washington's medical staff and the pitcher can't seem to get the pain under control, and Zimmermann told the media after a July 11 game that he'd consider skipping the All-Star Game.
--LHP Ross Detwiler (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 4. This is his second time on the DL this season. Last time, it was for an oblique strain unrelated to the current injury.
--RHP Christian Garcia (partial tear in forearm tendon) was hurt Feb. 21. He went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on May 31, and he moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Syracuse on June 8. His rehab was shut down June 14 due to shoulder soreness.
--RHP Ryan Mattheus (broken right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 20.
RHP Stephen Strasburg
LHP Gio Gonzalez
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
RHP Dan Haren
RHP Taylor Jordan
RHP Rafael Soriano (closer)
RHP Drew Storen
RHP Ross Ohlendorf
RHP Tyler Clippard
RHP Craig Stammen
LHP Fernando Abad
LHP Ian Krol
1B Adam LaRoche
2B Anthony Rendon
SS Ian Desmond
3B Ryan Zimmerman
INF Chad Tracy
INF Steve Lombardozzi
LF Bryce Harper
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
OF Roger Bernadina
OF Scott Hairston