UPDATE AT 7:38 P.M.: Not a good night for Zimmermann. He gave up seven runs, six of them earned, on seven hits over five innings. He gave up a couple homers, which accounted for most of the runs. Reader Riverdog, who was at the game in Hagerstown, said Zimmermann looked good at times, particularly in a five-pitch fourth inning, but didn't locate the ball well most of the night. But it's a rehab start, and the more important thing is whether ZImmermann comes out of it healthy.
Thanks for the updates, Riverdog. Good stuff. Maybe we can get you on the payroll. :-)
Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who's allowed a single unearned run in his four rehab starts so far, makes his next outing tonight at Single-A Hagerstown. He'll pitch the first of two seven-inning games for the Suns, and will probably throw around five innings or so. Zimmermann would likely have one or two more rehab starts after this one before the Nationals would consider adding him back to their rotation; they've opted to be cautious with him as he finishes his rehab from Tommy John surgery, even as he continues to be ahead of schedule.
Third-round pick Rick Hague, the former Rice shortstop who signed with the Nationals for $430,000 on July 8, is in the Suns' lineup tonight. He'll DH and hit second.