Tigers' Zimmermann off DL, to start Saturday vs Orioles

FILE - In this May 16, 2016, file photo, Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann throws against the Minnesota Twins during a baseball game in Detroit. Zimmermann has been activated from the disabled list and is scheduled to start Saturday, Sept. 10, against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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CHICAGO (AP) Detroit Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann has been activated from the disabled list and is scheduled to start Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles.

Zimmermann left Washington as a free agent and signed a $110 million, five-year deal with the Tigers during the offseason. He was 5-0 with a 0.55 ERA after five April starts but has struggled since and gone on the DL twice because of neck pain.

Zimmermann is 9-5 with a 4.44 ERA in 16 starts for Detroit.

He gave up two home runs in a rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Monday and said it was ''the strongest I've felt in a while.'' He said his velocity is still 90-93 mph, lower than it's been in the past, but he feels he can be effective because he's locating off-speed pitches.

Detroit entered Tuesday tied with the Orioles for the second AL wild card.