Jordan Zimmermann's first start in nearly a year was a relative success. Pitching for Class A Potomac this evening, the right-hander tossed two scoreless innings against Wilmington.
Zimmermann, who underwent Tommy John surgery last August to replace a torn elbow ligament, allowed two hits and did not walk or strike out a batter. He finished with 25 pitches, 16 of them strikes.
Zimmermann consistently hit 94 mph with his fastball and topped out at 95 mph, according to reporters in attendance.
Thus begins the next phase of the 24-year-old's return from a major injury. The Nationals will slowly ramp up his pitch count from here, allowing him to throw three innings in his next start, then four, then five.
He will likely spend the full allotment of 30 days on the rehab assignment, after which the Nats will decide whether he's ready to return to the major-league staff or whether he'll need to be optioned to one of their minor-league affiliates for more seasoning.