CLEVELAND – The arrival of Bradley Zimmer may have been a bit surprising given he was not on the 40-man roster and could be eligible for the Super Two status if he does not get sent down to the minors between 2017-2019.
Abraham Almonte’s latest injury update clears up any confusion and presents Zimmer with a long-term opportunity.
After an MRI and medical examination on Tuesday, the Indians confirmed Almonte has a high grade strain to his biceps tendon prior to their matinee vs. the Rays on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old outfielder will be shut down for three to five weeks before he returns to major league activity.
In an everyday role, Almonte slashed .221/.323/.337 with three doubles, two triples, one home run and had career-highs in walk rate (12%) and strikeout rate (28%) over the course of 100 plate appearances (33 games). His flexibility to play three different positions as a switch-hitter boded well for manager Terry Francona’s outfield rotations.