Zimmermann might get treatment over All-Star break

St. Petersburg, Fla. – Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann might get some additional treatment on his back during the All-Star break.Zimmermann, who will make his final start before the break Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, will to travel with the team to Houston and is considering going from there to Dallas for treatment.”I think I might go to Dallas and get a shot,” Zimmermann said. “We’ll see how I come out of this next [start].”I’ve been feeling good. I’m going to take 3-4 days off from throwing anyway so I might just go and get the shot and have 3-4 days off and it will get me through the second half.”Zimmermann said this is the best he’s felt going into the All-Star break in three seasons and he’s not concerned about something popping up but wants to avoid another trip to the disabled list.”It gets a little tight after the starts but nothing during or a couple days before,” Zimmermann said. “I feel good but probably from throwing 100 pitches and twisting and turning is where it gets a little tight but other than that it’s been feeling good. Not concerned, I just probably want to get it done so I’m good for the second half.”Zimmermann is 4-0 with a 3.51 ERA in 11 starts this season. He spent six weeks on the DL with a shoulder issue but said his neck and shoulder feel good and he just wants to close the first half of the season with a strong outing.”Obviously you want to finish strong,” Zimmermann added. “I’ve been pitching well. I want to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’m happy with the way I’ve been throwing the ball. It’s been a rough two years for me so hopefully I can continue like this for a long time.”Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said third baseman Jeimer Candelario is feeling better after missing Monday’s game with the flu. He hit in the lead-off spot Tuesday.Ronny Rodriguez, Monday’s leadoff hitter, played first base and batted sixth. Despite being known as a free swinger, Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with two walks from the lead-off spot.”Good coaching wasn’t it?” Gardenhire joked. “I put [Rodriguez] more in a spot where hopefully he’ll have a chance to drive in some runs. He’s been swinging good and now that we’ve got Candy back in it makes sense because he’s a more patient hitter.”Right-hander Mike Fiers will open the three-game series against the Astros with Michael Fulmer going Saturday and Francisco Liriano getting the final start before the break on Sunday.