Liriano exited in the third inning of his start Sunday in the Tigers' 6-3 win over the Astros with lower-back tightness. He gave up one run on one hit and three walks and struck out three in the outing but didn't factor into the decision.
Jimenez is expected to return to an eighth-inning setup role beginning Friday, when the Tigers intend to activate closer Shane Greene (shoulder) from the 10-day disabled list, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Zimmermann (4-1) picked up his first loss of the season Wednesday against the Rays. He gave up four runs in 6.2 innings, allowing 11 hits (including a pair of homers) while walking one and striking out five.