Zimmermann was one of the top prospects in the Washington Nationals system when he made his MLB debut in 2009, but after pitching in just 16 games, he tore his UCL and underwent Tommy John surgery. The righty returned for the Nationals on the exact day that the team found out that Stephen Strasburg would need to undergo the same surgery. After having the procedure, Zimmermann led the National League in wins (2013), made two All-Star teams (2013-14), and also tossed the first no-hitter in Nationals history. Zimmermann marked a major milestone when he signed with the Detroit Tigers before the 2016 season—he became the first pitcher in history to sign a $100 million-plus contract after having Tommy John surgery earlier in his career.
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