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Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann gets shelled and is now set to have an MRI

Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 04: Manager Brad Ausmus #7 of the Detroit Tigers pulls starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Detroit Tigers in the second inning during a MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on August 4, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

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The Tigers just got Jordan Zimmermann back after a more than month-long absence due to a neck strain. Today he made his first start since June 30. He lasted an inning and two-thirds and have up six runs on six hits -- two homers -- and didn’t strike anyone out while walking two. Not good.

But it wasn’t just rust. Manager Brad Ausmus just said that Zimmermann had an issue with his right lat muscle and couldn’t extend, leading to lower velocity and utter hittability. He’s having an MRI and the Tigers will soon know if they have to say goodbye to their pitcher once again.

The Tigers lost today, 6-3, ending their eight-game winning streak. But being without Zimmermann for an extended period once again may be the bigger loss.

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