NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila acknowledged that the velocity of right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was down last season. But Avila said it wasn’t down to “a point where it was alarming.”

The Tigers signed Zimmermann to a five-year, $110-million deal in November 2015 and he dominated in the first month of the 2016 season.

Zimmermann started out 5-0 with a 0.55 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 33 innings for the Tigers. But he battled groin and neck injuries the rest of the season.

Zimmermann went 9-7 with a 4.87 ERA and a 1.367 WHIP with 66 strikeouts in 105 1/3 innings in his first season with the Tigers.

According to, Zimmermann’s fastball went from an average of 94.58 in 2014 to 93.44 in 2015 to 92.59 in 2016.

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