MRI exam on Lilly's knee comes back clean

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Ted Lilly’s recovery from offseason shoulder surgery hit a snag earlier this week when his right knee began hurting, but an MRI exam yesterday revealed no structural damage and instead merely showed what MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat calls “normal wear and tear.”
Lilly felt good enough to play catch this morning and assistant general manager Randy Bush assured everyone that “there’s nothing to worry about.” With his knee, of course. His shoulder remains an issue, because even before the knee problems he was considered questionable at best to be ready for Opening Day.
Next in line for a spot in the Cubs’ rotation? In no particular order, Jeff Samardzija, Sean Marshall, and Carlos Silva, assuming that Tom Gorzelanny has the fourth-starter gig all but locked up.

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.