Zimmer out for the season after surgery, to return in 8-12 months

The OF had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Friday

Ben Fontana
July 23, 2018 - 10:12 am
May 5, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Bradley Zimmer (4) collides with the wall attempting to catch a double by New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine (28) during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium.

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Cleveland Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer underwent shoulder surgery Friday to repair his right labrum, and will be kept out of action for the next 8-12 months.

Zimmer was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on June 5 after struggling with the Indians following crashing into the wall against the Yankees in New York in May. Zimmer was previously on the disabled list for about a month with bruised ribs.

He finishes the 2018 season with a .226 average with two home runs and four stolen bases in 34 Major League games. The young centerfield had 44 strikeouts in 106 at-bats.

"I feel so bad for him," Indians manager Terry Francona said on Friday. "He's such a good kid. I don't have any doubt -- he'll come back from this. He's not a pitcher. It's just missing the developmental time. But, OK, so if his clock changes a little bit, that doesn't mean he's not going to be a great player."

An injury in Columbus with the Clippers ultimately led to Friday's season-ending surgery.

The speedy outfielder might be ready to return by the end of Spring Training in 2019, at the earliest.

According to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, outfielder Tyler Naquin will continue to play center for the Indians day-to-day in the interim.

Rookie Greg Allen and veteran Rajai Davis are also probably going to be in the rotation in the outfield for Cleveland.

The Tribe may also look for help with the MLB trade deadline coming up on July 31st, and Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has been a name the Indians have been linked to.