PHILADELPHIA — Jordan Zimmermann is disappointed that he likely won’t be able to pitch in the All-Star game. The Washington Nationals right-hander hopes that’s the worst of what comes out of Friday night’s outing.
Zimmermann abruptly left his start in the fourth inning of a 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies with a right biceps injury. Zimmermann, who is scheduled to participate in his second straight All-Star game, will be evaluated further on Saturday but isn’t expected to pitch Tuesday in Minneapolis, according to manager Matt Williams.
Zimmermann (6-5), who had Tommy John surgery in August 2009, called the Nationals’ training staff out after he threw a pitch to Cameron Rupp with one out in the fourth. He showed no obvious discomfort, but left the mound after a short discussion with the training staff and Williams. He doesn’t feel the problem is related to his shoulder or elbow.
“It was gradually getting worse with every pitch,” he said. “I knew something wasn’t right. I didn’t want to push it too far.”
He said not pitching in the All-Star game would be a disappointment.
“Obviously, you want to go,” he said. “I had all my plans made and I wanted to pitch in front of my family. But the main thing is to get healthy.”
Zimmermann left after allowing four runs and six hits. He threw 53 pitches, 36 for strikes.
“I feel OK now,” he said. “I don’t think it’s anything major. Hopefully, the MRI comes out good.”
Bryce Harper homered for the Nationals, who have lost three of four.
Jimmy Rollins homered twice and A.J. Burnett pitched 7 2-3 strong innings to lead the Phillies to their fifth straight victory.
Burnett (6-8) allowed two runs and five hits while striking out six and walking four. He improved to 10-4 with a 3.37 ERA in 19 career starts against Washington.
“He’s been tough on us and he was good tonight,” Williams said. “He had everything working, and he knows how to pitch.”
Domonic Brown doubled and drove in two runs for Philadelphia, which matched its longest winning streak of the season. It has been a surprising run for the Phillies, who had lost 13 of 16 before a four-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Brewers in Milwaukee.
Philadelphia hasn’t lost since general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. predicted changes, calling the team’s offense “poor.” The hitters have responded by averaging 6.2 runs over the winning streak.