PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Even though he'll face the New York Mets in the regular season next week, Jordan Zimmermann said he didn't hold anything back.
Zimmermann allowed four hits in five innings and also had a RBI infield single, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Mets 4-0 Thursday in the final Florida spring training game for both teams.
"I went after them and threw everything at them," Zimmermann said. "Bottom line, they're going to have to hit the same stuff I throw here as they do up there. I'm not trying to trick them by not showing them everything. I have to get ready myself. I was throwing everything."
Zimmermann struck out three, walked none and finished the exhibition season with a 0.50 ERA in 13 innings.
"I want to do good every time I go out," Zimmermann said. "I come down here and give it my all when I go out there. I feel good and I'm ready to go."
Zimmermann went 1 for 2 at the plate, including a bases-loaded infield single off Cory Mazzoni in the second.
Mazzoni grabbed his right elbow after Zimmermann's hit and was immediately replaced by John Lannan. The Mets said Mazzoni was diagnosed with triceps soreness, and manager Terry Collins said the right-handed prospect will miss "significant time."
"Any time you see a pitcher stop and has to come out of a game ... it's always a concern," Collins said. "This kid's got a great arm, and until that arm's ready again he's going to miss some time. That's too bad, because he's certainly is on our radar as a guy people thought certainly was going to come up this summer and help us."
Bryce Harper was 2 for 4 with a RBI, and Denard Span added three singles and scored a run.
Eric Young Jr. was 3 for 4 and Ike Davis had two singles for the Mets.
New York plays Toronto on Friday and Saturday in Montreal before going home for its opener Monday against Washington. The Nationals host Detroit on Saturday in Washington.
NIESE, COLON THROW
Mets starters Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon threw against the St. Louis Cardinals' minor leaguers on Thursday.
Niese, who has dealt with shoulder and elbow injuries, will start the season on the disabled list. He threw 4 1-3 innings in his first outing since receiving a cortisone shot on March 17.
"It's a roller-coaster," Niese said. "I was pretty low there for a while at the beginning and then I got even lower when the elbow started flaring up, and then it was real concerning, but after the last week it's great. Today was a huge step because I felt amazing."
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