Jordan Zimmerman Dominates Braves

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Jordan Zimmerman was downright dominate through in April. As we turn the calendar to May, he continued to be dominate in Atlanta as he pitched two-hit ball over eight scoreless innings. Zimmermann struck out eight and retired 17 straight Atlanta hitters before giving way to Rafael Soriano, who worked a perfect night ninth for his eighth save of the season. In his last 17 innings pitched, Zimmerman has allowed three hits, walked one, and has struck out 12. There might not be a hotter pitcher in all of baseball. Zimmerman will face a tough Detroit Tigers lineup in his next start next Tuesday.

 MLB News & Notes

  • Bryce Harper left Wednesday night's game in Atlanta in the sixth inning and was diagnosed with a bruised lat. He is going to be re-evaluated today. It does not appear to be a serious injury, but stay tuned....
  • Brandon McCarthy is not the only pitcher to get off to a poor start this year. The problem is that he has not even turned in a quality start through Wednesday night. McCarthy gave up four runs, eight hits and two home runs in his six innings of work against the Giants last night. He gave up a solo home run to Angel Pagan to lead off the game before he settled down for the next three innings. Hunter Pence hit an absolute bomb off him in the sixth and then allowed two more runs. I can't recommend McCarthy in any format at this time.
  • Brett Anderson (ankle) and Coco Crisp (hamstring) were placed on the 15-day disabled list. Anderson could return when he is eligible on May 14 and Crisp hurt his hamstring in the 13th inning in Monday night's 19-inning marathon game with the Angels.
  • Scott Feldman struck out 12 batters Wednesday in the Cubs 6-2 win over the Padres. This was Feldman's first complete game of his career as he allowed just three hits, two of which were solo home runs to Jedd Gyorko and Chase Headley. Fantasy owners need to temper their expectations on Feldman moving forward. This was a great outing for him, but his track record tells us all that this not the norm.
  • Mark Teixeira (wrist) took batting practice at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. This is a big step for him as he has been limited to dry swings to this point. The chances of Teixeira being ready to go by June 1st is at best a stretch at this point.
  • Troy Tulowitzki returned to the Rockies lineup after missing the last two games. Tulo went 2-for-4 and two RBI.
  • Kevin Youkilis (back) went back on the 15-day disabled list with a bulging disc and inflammation. Youkilis believes he will be ready to return from the DL when eligible.
  • Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with his third home run of the season Wednesday night. He could have had an even bigger night had Dexter Fowler not robbed him of a three-run shot in the third inning.
  • Josh Beckett (0-4) had his shortest outing of the season on Wednesday night after he was chased after giving up five runs (four earned) over four innings. His ERA jumped up to 5.24 after this start and his next start will come against the Diamondbacks.
  • Jered Weaver (elbow) threw on flat ground from up to 100 feet on Wednesday. Its not known when Weaver will throw from a mound, but he's progressing as scheduled and is expected back in a few weeks.