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Bill Ladson

Zimmermann reflects on time with Nationals

Righty, who will be a free agent after the season, spins quality start vs. Braves

Zimmermann reflects on time with Nationals

ATLANTA -- In what could be Jordan Zimmermann's last game as a member of the Nationals, the Braves did not give him a good sendoff as Atlanta won the game, 2-0, at Turner Field on Wednesday night.

Zimmermann, who is a free agent after the season, delivered a solid outing, throwing six innings and allowing two runs. Zimmermann was not emotional after the game. He is trying to enjoy what may be his finals days as a member of the Nationals with his teammates.

"The last couple of days, I will enjoy with them. I wish we got the win tonight. That's the way baseball goes. We'll see what this offseason brings," Zimmermann said.

Asked if he would be back with the Nationals next year, Zimmermann said, "I'm not sure. I can't really answer that. Every team is going to have a shot. We'll see this offseason what happens if they come calling."

Zimmermann gave the Nationals some great moments. Who can forget the no-hitter he pitched against the Marlins on the last day of the 2014 season? He came out of the bullpen in Game 4 of the National League Division Series and dominated the Cardinals for one inning. In Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS, the Giants were glad Zimmermann left the game after 8 2/3 innings. The Nationals would lose the game in 18 innings, 2-1.

"The no-hitter is definitely on the top of the list," Zimmermann said about his greatest moment. "I think making the playoffs for the first time is right up there with Game 4 when I came out of the bullpen. I've had plenty of great moments."

After Wednesday's game, manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Zimmermann had a quality start against the Braves, but the skipper focused more on his seven-year career.

"The word that comes to my mind is consistency, durable, reliable. For a starting pitcher, that's important," Williams said. "He has provided this organization with that for a long time. It's always tough having Tommy John. He has responded from that. He worked hard to become the pitcher he has become. I admire him for that."

Teammate Jayson Werth called Zimmermann one of the horses in the rotation and a character guy.

"He has been a pillar in our clubhouse and on our field," Werth said. "They just don't make guys like that. He's solid, he takes the ball whenever he is asked. The stats and the numbers kind of speak for themselves. His character and what he means to this team in the clubhouse, on and off the field -- that guy is tough to replace."

Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond were teammates dating back to 2008 when they were with Double-A Harrisburg. Desmond has watched Zimmermann blossom into a front-of-the-rotation starter.

"He has been good since Day 1," Desmond said. "He hasn't changed a bit. He wants to win, compete and pitch. He wants to help the ballclub [get] better. He works hard. He is a good guy to have around."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All theTime. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.