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Zimmermann to start Wednesday vs. Mets

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VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is expected to pitch against the Mets at Space Coast Stadium on Wednesday. In his last start, against the Cardinals this past Friday, Zimmermann had a dead arm.

Zimmermann pitched three innings and allowed eight runs on nine hits. St. Louis went to work on Zimmermann in the second, scoring two runs. David Freese scored on a groundout by Rob Johnson, while Shane Robinson scored on a single by Ronny Cedeno to make it 2-0.

The Cardinals sent 10 hitters to the plate in the third and scored six runs off Zimmermann. Johnson and Greg Garcia highlighted the scoring with two-run hits.

Zimmermann said on Saturday that he doesn't have any concern about his arm.

"I get the same thing every year -- 2011, 2012. It's the same spot. The same time of year," Zimmermann said. "It's just building up the pitches and throwing more pitches. It will be gone in a few days and I'll be ready for the season. Every year, I get the same thing. Nothing to be worried about at all."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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