Zimmermann happy with his breaking ball

Zimmermann happy with his breaking ball

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann made his first start of the spring on Wednesday. He pitched three scoreless innings against the Cardinals, allowed three hits, struck out three and walked one in a 3-3 tie at Space Coast Stadium.

Zimmermann said he had problems locating his fastball, but was able to throw his breaking pitches for strikes.

"It's tough to throw in this wind, but the ones I did throw I thought were pretty good," Zimmermann said.

Unlike last year, Zimmermann will not be on an innings limit. After coming off Tommy John surgery, Zimmerman pitched just 161 1/3 innings in 2011. He is looking forward to pitching 200 innings this season.

"It's going to be a good year knowing that I'm not going to be shut down at 160. I'll be able to throw 200-plus innings," Zimmermann said. "It's definitely a good feeling."