Bradley Zimmer to miss four-to-six weeks

Carlos Carrasco already back to throwing

Alex Hooper
June 22, 2018 - 5:06 pm
May 4, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Bradley Zimmer (4) hits a three run home run against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Bradley Zimmer was sent back to the Minor Leagues in order to get extra at-bats and fix his struggles at the plate. He will not get that opportunity for up to two months.

The outfielder will miss four-to-six weeks with a right shoulder injury he sustained after being optioned to Triple-A Columbus on June 5. The center fielder slashed .167/.286/.267 with 11 strikeouts in 30 at-bats since being sent down.

Zimmer received an anti-inflammatory shot in the elbow prior to the four-to-six week timetable was established.

“Now that’s very general, but that’s kind of the best we can do,” Manager Terry Francona said. “We know he’s a tough kid and all that, but it’s going to be a little while until he’s back playing. Good news is he’s going to be OK. Bad news is that he’s missing out on the at-bats we really want him to get.”

How the Cookie crumbled

Though Carlos Carrasco could not dodge the line drive off of the bat of Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer last Saturday, he and his team seems to have dodged a major issue.

After the initial diagnosis of just a contusion on his throwing elbow, followed by imaging confirming the fact, Carrasco is already back to throwing at 90 feet ‘for the foreseeable future.’ Francona said he expects the righty back quickly, though the term is relative.

“The best guesstimate we can give you is next week,” the Manager said. “Is it early next week, is it late next week? We don’t know that yet, but that’s kind of where we’re at.”