Last night Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported that Ryan Zimmerman could return from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday and today he confirmed it via team source, writing: “Now it’s definite.”
Zimmerman, who’s been out since mid-April with an abdominal injury that required surgery, went 8-for-21 (.381) with four extra-base hits and a 1.054 OPS while rehabbing in the minors.
He was off to a great start prior to the injury, hitting .357 with a 1.022 OPS through eight games, but Jerry Hairston Jr. and Alex Cora have struggled to replace him at third base, combining to hit just .255 with two homers and a .648 OPS since April 10.
It’s been one issue after the next for Indians reliever Andrew Miller, and on Saturday, the left-hander landed back on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation. According to comments made by club manager Terry Francona, Miller’s knee has been a problem since the start of the year. The team has yet to determine a concrete timetable for his return to the bullpen.
Miller, 33, hasn’t looked like his usual sub-2.00 ERA, 2.0+ fWAR self this season, though he paired a 4.40 ERA and 6.3 BB/9 with an impressive 14.4 SO/9 across his first 14 1/3 innings. A left hamstring strain and minor back injury hampered his effectiveness on the mound, though this appears to be a more serious issue — especially given the five weeks he spent recovering from a tendon injury in his right knee last year.
In corresponding moves, the Indians designated right-hander Oliver Drake for assignment and recalled Triple-A right-handers Ben Taylor and Evan Marshall. Taylor, 25, was working on a 3.63 ERA, 1.0 BB/9 and 11.4 SO/9 through 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A Columbus, while 28-year-old Marshall turned in a terrific 0.77 ERA, 0.8 BB/9 and 6.9 SO/9 over his first 11 2/3 innings. Neither reliever has pitched more than a handful of innings at the big league level in 2018.