"I felt all along [the arm] was going to be fine. I knew the break would help. I was able to put some meds in me," Zimmermann said. "I came back [Thursday], and I threw 100 feet and I felt fine. I knew I wasn't going on the DL. It wasn't bad. I needed some rest. I got what I needed and, hopefully, be good to go for the rest of the year."
Zimmermann was replaced on the 2014 National League All-Star Game roster as a result of the biceps injury. He did not watch the game because he was throwing a cookout in his Wisconsin home.
"I obviously wanted to be there," Zimmermann said regarding the All-Star Game."But the best thing for me was to take a little break and get some rest."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. He also can be found on Twitter @danielrpopper. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.