The Detroit Tigers won for the sixth time in seven games, but the future of Jordan Zimmermann was on everyone’s mind following a 9-4 win over the Rays today.
Zimmermann left with two outs in the top of the sixth inning due to a right groin strain. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the results of an MRI weren’t immediately known.
Miguel Cabrera left in the bottom of the seventh with a left knee contusion after being hit by a pitch, but Ausmus said he wasn’t concerned. Jose Iglesias came into the game as a pinch runner and later scored when the Rays gave up a bases-loaded walk to Cameron Maybin.
Zimmermann had retired 12 consecutive batters until giving up a single to Evan Longoria in the sixth. On the ensuing pitch to Steve Pearce, he demonstrated some concern. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand came to the mound and eventually walked off with Zimmerman into the dugout.
Zimmermann, 7-2 with a 2.52 ERA, allowed two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three.
“We’re going to hold off on anything concerning Zimm until we get a diagnosis,” said Ausmus. He acknowledged that a delay in opening the clubhouse was due to discussions about what the Tigers might due if Zimmermann does need to miss time.