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AL Central Notes: Zimmermann’s start, Twins rotation

The latest news from around the American League Central.

Baltimore Orioles v Detroit Tigers Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

2016 hasn’t been the best year for Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. He’s spent at least a month on the disabled list twice this season with a neck injury. During his return on Saturday, he was tagged for six runs and couldn’t get out of the second inning.

After the game, manager Brad Ausmus wouldn’t say if Zimmermann would make his next start or if he would remain in the rotation. On Sunday, he confirmed that Zimmermann will not start on Thursday, and instead throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

More from around the American League Central:

  • Twins manager Paul Molitor made it very clear that there weren’t any locked spots on the Twins pitching staff, including Jose Berrios.
  • White Sox ace Chris Sale is setting some records. He became the first White Sox to have four straight seasons of at least 200 strikeouts. In just four years, Sale has gathered 22 percent of all White Sox 200 K seasons.
  • The championship hopes for the Cleveland Indians took a major hit. Right-hander Danny Salazar is probably going to miss the rest of the season with a mild strain of the flexor muscle in his right forearm.
  • The Royals aren’t handling Hunter Dozier properly and it is bordering on ridiculous.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Cleveland 83-60 — GB

Detroit 77-66 6.0 GB

Kansas City 74-69 9.0 GB

Chi White Sox 69-74 14.0 GB

Minnesota 53-91 30.5 GB