Free Press sports writers Anthony Fenech and George Sipple give their thoughts on the first few games of the Detroti Tigers’ 2018 season from Comerica Park.
CLEVELAND — Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann’s start lasted seven pitches Wednesday night.
Two batters into the game against Cleveland, he was hit in the side of the face on a line drive from Jason Kipnis.
Zimmermann kicked his legs in pain immediately after. Tigers athletic trainer Doug Teeter and manager Ron Gardenhire rushed out to check on him. Zimmermann sat up after a few minutes and eventually walked off under his own power.
Per the Tigers, Zimmermann has a right jaw contusion and is still being evaluated. Zimmermmann later passed concussion protocol and will be getting x-rays.
Left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris was called on to replace Zimmermann for the Tigers. Norris pitched three innings, allowed seven hits, four runs while striking out three and walking one.
This was Zimmermann’s third start of the season. He was 1-1 with a 8.71 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings.
This story will be updated.