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Zimmermann likely to avoid DL stint

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WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will not go on the disabled list after suffering a right biceps strain last Friday against the Phillies. The All-Star break allowed Zimmermann to rest his arm, and he was able to long toss with the Nats on Thursday.

The next order of business for Zimmermann will be to have a bullpen session Saturday at Nationals Park. If the session goes well, Zimmermann will likely pitch Tuesday against the Rockies in Colorado.

"I felt all along [the arm] was going to be fine. I knew the break would help. I was able to put some meds in me," Zimmermann said. "I came back [Thursday], and I threw 100 feet and I felt fine. I knew I wasn't going on the DL. It wasn't bad. I needed some rest. I got what I needed and, hopefully, be good to go for the rest of the year."

Zimmermann was replaced on the 2014 National League All-Star Game roster as a result of the biceps injury. He did not watch the game because he was throwing a cookout in his Wisconsin home.

"I obviously wanted to be there," Zimmermann said regarding the All-Star Game."But the best thing for me was to take a little break and get some rest."

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

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