Carlos Gomez will return Tuesday, but as a backup

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Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez was placed on the disabled list back in early August after getting nailed in the head by a pitch.  He had a concussion, and dealt with symptoms for a little over two weeks before beginning a minor league rehab assignment last week.  Now he’s coming back to the big leagues.

According to MLB.com Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy, Gomez passed a round of tests on Monday morning and will be activated from the disabled list before Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers. 

But he might not be in the starting lineup.

Gomez was batting just .228/.386/.350 with five home runs, nine doubles and 22 RBI in 75 games before the injury and Lorenzo Cain has since captured his starting job.

Cain, 24, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Sunday’s loss to the Padres, but he has a .333/.377/.458 batting line overall with four doubles, a triple and three stolen bases in 16 games since his early-August promotion.  The Brewers may decide to move one of the two young outfielders in what should be a busy offseason in Milwaukee.

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.