DETROIT -- The news was about as good as the Detroit Tigers could've hoped for. MRI results came back last night on Jordan Zimmermann and revealed a Grade 1 groin strain, the lowest-graded injury for a strain. Manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged it's unlikely that Zimmermann makes his next start on Friday at Oakland against the Athletics, but beyond that he's day-to-day.
Zimmermann will not be placed on the disabled list, and Ausmus said that with the exception of one movement -- he wouldn't specify which, just that it would be a concern when he pitches -- he doesn't even feel the strain. There's no discomfort or pain while walking, and the team doesn't expect him to be gone long.
The Tigers will re-evaluate his status before his next start (after the missed start) and make a determination on whether Zimmermann will need to miss a second start, but they have until May 31 to do that.
"I will say I'm more optimistic (about Zimmermann's condition) than I was yesterday," Ausmus said, adding that the team would call up a temporary starter if he was unable to make his start on June 1. Originally, the team could've used a bullpen start when the schedule had an off-day carved out, but the makeup Yankees game on June 2 nixed that possibility.
Given how this could've turned out, the Tigers got extremely lucky it wasn't worse. Strains can cause a player to miss anywhere from two to six weeks for a graded strain, depending on the severity. With the way the rotation has been performing, the team cannot afford to lose Zimmermann for very long.
As for Miguel Cabrera, he was back in the lineup and feeling fine. Ausmus said there's no lingering issues after he took a pitch off his left knee during an at-bat in the seventh inning.