Zimmermann has elbow surgery

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann had elbow reconstruction on Wednesday and is expected to miss 12 to 18 months.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, the team’s medical director, and Dr. Lewis Yocum in Southern Calif.

Zimmermann, who is traveling to Washington on Thursday, will be in a splint for seven days and then start range-of-motion exercises. He is expected to stay with the club and rehab the elbow for the rest of the season.

Zimmermann pitched in 16 games and was 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA for Washington this season.    

In other news, outfielder Austin Kearns, on the disabled list because of a thumb contusion, hopes to start baseball activities in a couple of weeks.   

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