Zimmermann next start Wednesday vs. Kinston

Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann says he will pitch Wednesday, July 14 in his third rehab start against the Kinston Indians at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge.

Zimmermann is expected to go four inning and 65 pitches.

He was outstanding in his second start Thursday in Frederick, hitting 96 miles per hour on the fastball, striking out five over three innings, allowing a 1st inning double as the only hit and walking none. What impressed me the most was his major league tempo, not giving the hitters any chance to get comfortable.

Zimmermann could have another rehab start following Wednesday’s game, also in Potomac. He looked ready to return from Tommy John in the last start, but the Nats want to take a measured pace before they bring him back full-time so he will 100 percent for spring training 2011.

Jordan was really happy with how his changeup was working against Frederick, he told me that was the pitch coach Paul Menhart had been working on with him the past five days to fine tune. Expect him to work that a lot again this week.

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