Jordan Zimmermann to miss start
Nationals manager Matt Williams said Zimmermann was being sent back to Washington ahead of the team and being given fluids. He said the pitcher, who went 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA last year, was feeling fine Wednesday but took ill after the game.
"He's running a fever. He was up all night throwing up," Williams said. "Evidently he's feeling pretty under the weather."
It was to be Zimmermann's first start of the season after a stellar spring training in which he allowed one run on 11 hits and a walk in 18 innings. He also struck out 15 batters during Grapefruit League action.
Roark, a 27-year-old right-hander, was 7-1 with a 1.51 ERA in five starts and nine relief appearances as a rookie last year, striking out 40 and walking 11 in 53 2/3 innings.
Williams hopes Taylor Jordan is ready to pitch Friday on short rest. While his last exhibition appearance was March 24, he threw a simulated outing this week and would be starting on short rest.
Washington's second option would be a series of relievers.
"If he's not ready to go tomorrow, then that's going to have to be our option," Williams said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
MORE MLB HEADLINES
- Banks died after heart attack, family says
- Brewers' Braun says right hand feels better
- Sources: A-Rod, Manfred meet to clear air
- Tigers, P Alburquerque reach one-year deal
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
MLB ON ESPN.COM
Rob Manfred is baseball's new commissioner.