Kelvim Escobar drawing interest as reliever

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ESPN.com’s Jorge Arangure reports that Kelvim Escobar is scheduled to pitch later this week in Venezuela after making just one appearance during the past two seasons because of shoulder problems.
According to Arangure the Mets have already offered Escobar a minor-league contract and the Rays are also interested. Escobar has been primarily a starter since 2003, but apparently hopes to stay off the disabled list by moving back to the bullpen full time.
He saved 38 games for the Blue Jays in 2002 and 209 of his 411 career appearances have come as a reliever. If healthy he has a chance to be an impact setup man, but obviously Escobar is a big question mark at this point.

Bradley Zimmer to miss 8-12 months after shoulder surgery

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Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer is out for the year after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced Saturday. The projected recovery timetable spans anywhere from 8-12 months, which puts Zimmer’s return in the second half of the 2019 season, assuming that all goes well.

Zimmer, 25, had not made an appearance for the Indians since June 3. He racked up a cumulative nine weeks on the major- and minor-league disabled lists this season and will have finished his year with a .226/.281/.330 batting line, seven extra-base hits, and four stolen bases in 114 plate appearances.

The outfielder reportedly sustained his season-ending injury during a workout in Triple-A Columbus, where Cleveland.com’s Joe Noga says Zimmer began feeling discomfort in his shoulder after completing a set of one-handed throwing drills. Comments from club manager Terry Francona suggest that the Indians have every reason to believe that he’ll make a full recovery by next summer, though it’s not yet clear whether or not he’ll need additional time to readjust to a full workload when he takes the field again.