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Jordan Zimmermann to miss start

Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann will miss Thursday's game against the New York Mets because of flu-like symptoms, the team announced.

Tanner Roark started in his place in the finale of the opening three-game series. He had been slated to start Washington's home opener Friday against the Atlanta Braves.

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.