Zimmermann Leaves Start Early After Being Hit By Comebacker
A frightening scene took place at Progressive Field Wednesday night when Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was struck in the face by a line drive in the first inning.
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Amazingly Zimmermann avoided any serious injury from that Jason Kipnis comebacker, as the word from the Tigers is that he has a bruised jaw and will be able to make his next start.
Zimmermann credits a previous surgery he got in college as the reason why he is going to be able to avoid the disabled list this season. In 2007 while pitching with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Zimmermann had to get his jaw wired shut after a similar play. Zimmermann says he had to get a couple of plates and 11 screws inserted. That work likely helped protect him this time around.
“I think I got lucky. The first time I broke it, they put a couple of plates in there and the doc told me back in college, ‘You’ll never break it again.’ So we put it to the test tonight and everything came back fine." Zimmermann told the Detroit Free Press.
Daniel Norris came in for an extended relief appearance after Zimmermann's injury that saw him leave after 0.2 innings of work. Norris went three innings, giving up four runs in a 5-1 Tigers loss.