Nats' Zimmermann scratched for flu-like symptoms

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has been scratched from his scheduled start against the New York Mets because of flu-like symptoms.

Tanner Roark took over as the starting pitcher for Thursday's finale of the opening three-game series. He had been slated to start Washington's home opener Friday against the Atlanta Braves.

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.

Zimmermann was 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA.

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