Rough first outing could extend Jordan Zimmermann's rehab stint

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Jordan Zimmermann

Detroit – Normally, managers don’t pay much heed to results of a player’s rehab assignment.

“I paid attention to that one,” Ron Gardenhire said.

It was hard not to gasp at Jordan Zimmermann’s line from his first rehab assignment at Toledo – seven runs, seven hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.

“We were trying to get him to 60 or 70 pitches, but he got to 38 and didn’t finish an inning,” Gardenhire said. “It wasn’t pretty. But the health results were what we were looking for and he’s healthy. He felt great.”

Zimmermann has been on the disabled list since May 6 with a shoulder impingement. His velocity Sunday night was good – 90-92 on the fastball. His secondary pitches were rusty, but as he said, he gave up a few broken-bat and seeing-eye hits, as well as some loud ones.

But the shoulder held up. There is a chance the abbreviated outing Sunday will mean Zimmermann will have to make three rehab starts instead of two.

“Now we move on,” Gardenhire said.  “Whether this adds another rehab start because he didn’t get to the first goal, we will have to see. That’s a decision we will have to make here.”

Cabrera return near

Miguel Cabrera put his strained right hamstring through a rigorous workout before the game Monday, and after the Tigers' 9-3 win over the Angels, Gardenhire indicated he might need another day or two.

“He’s doing great, but he was gassed,” Gardenhire said. “He realizes that he’s been sitting out a while and hasn’t been able to do a lot of cardio work. Now we will get to work on that part.”

Cabrera, out since May 4, did agility drills and ran the bases. He went home to first, first to third and third to home.  

“It’s about getting his wind back and those kinds of things,” Gardenhire said. “He was a little gassed, so we’re going to need to work on that over the next couple of days and see where we’re at.”

Goodrum overheated

It was 92 degrees for most of the game, and it took a toll on Tigers’ left fielder Niko Goodrum.

“And he’s from Georgia, too,” Gardenhire joked. “I don’t understand that.”

Goodrum felt light-headed and came out of the game in the fourth inning due to heat exhaustion. Goodrum had singled and scored the Tigers' first run in the second inning.

“They’ve been hydrating him; he’s going to be fine,” Gardenhire said. “He was pretty shaky and having a hard time grabbing his breath. So we got him out of there.”

Victor Reyes took over in left and in the seventh inning, lined an RBI triple into the corner in left field. It was his first big-league extra base hit and RBI.

Wilson update

Tigers reliever Alex Wilson (plantar fasciitis) will throw a bullpen on Wednesday. But his arm isn’t the problem.

He needs to pass a battery of agility and fielding tests before he can face live hitters. If he passes those test, he could start his rehab assignment on Friday.

“Right now I am just resting it,” he said. “I am trying to put the least amount of impact on it as possible. It’s frustrating because I can do literally everything but field my position.”

He has been out since May 8.


Angels catcher Martin Maldonado and manager Mike Scioscia were ejected by home plate umpire Mark Ripperger in the seventh inning. Maldonado was called out on a fastball at the bottom of the zone. Ripperger was giving pitchers low 50-50 calls most of the day. Maldonado got right in Ripperger’s face and was ejected on his way back to the dugout. Scioscia came out and was ejected soon after.

… Former Tiger Ian Kinsler was in a 1-for-29 skid before he singled off reliever Louis Coleman in the seventh. Former Tiger Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with a walk.

… The Tigers hit three doubles Monday and have now doubled in 44 straight games, the longest streak since 1908.  

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