The Tigers announced Friday afternoon that Jordan Zimmermann is heading to the 10-day injured list. The veteran right-hander injured himself against the Red Sox on Thursday and has been diagnosed with a UCL sprain in his right elbow.
Zimmermann started out the year hot, including a one-hit, seven-inning performance on Opening Day and another gem his next time through the rotation. His next four outings have been miserable, however, as he has surrendered a combined 19 runs over 16 2⁄3 innings.
In his three seasons with Detroit, Zimmermann has yet to top 160 innings. Hopefully this injury does not sideline him for too long, but at 32 years old, his performance and health both seem on the decline.
In his place, the Tigers have called up righty Zac Reininger. The 26-year-old has made 29 appearances in the majors, all in relief. He has pitched one game with Detroit this season, joining the club as the 26th man during the doubleheader against Boston; he faced one batter, who flied out. Reininger has been solid this year in Triple-A Toledo, allowing just one earned run over 10 innings.