Losing Stephen Strasburg for the year due to an elbow injury purportedly requiring Tommy-John surgery is certainly disheartening for Washington Nationals fans, but Jordan Zimmerman looks to be stepping up and showing that he’s capable of providing plenty of excitement while the rookie phenom is gone for a year.

Last night (August 31, 2010) against the Florida Marlins, Zimmerman threw a six inning 1 hitter, striking out nine batters and not walking anyone.  Jordan is also reportedly the first Washington Nationals pitcher to complete six innings on the mound and only face the minimum 18 batters to record the first 18 outs of the game.

Jordan Zimmerman, courtesy MLB.com

Jordan Zimmerman, courtesy MLB.com

In something inspiring deja vu, Jordan Zimmerman also required season-ending Tommy John surgery August of last year during his rookie season.  Expectations were that he would return in 18 months, but he obviously healed quicker than expected.

When Strasburg returns, potentially late next season, the Washington Nationals will likely find themselves with two young pitchers who will at the very least make a big impact on the National League East division.  The NL East Florida Marlins have already had a taste of things to come, with Zimmerman’s great 6 inning effort last night and Strasburg’s July 16th outing where he went 6 scoreless innings, striking out 7 in the process.