Free agent Mark Ellis “figures to return” to Rockies next year

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Mark Ellis, whom the Rockies acquired from the A’s on June 30, “figures to return next season” according to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post.

Armstrong’s newspaper-mate, Troy Renck, has also tweeted repeatedly throughout the second half that Ellis would like to remain in Colorado and the Rockies would like to re-sign the 35-year-old.

Ellis will presumably be open to re-signing on a one-year contract and Armstrong speculates that the Rockies will continue to search for a long-term answer at the position while he keeps it warm.

Ellis’ defense remains a big plus, but he hit horribly for the A’s and wasn’t much better despite calling Coors Field home in the second half, batting just .274 with a .708 OPS in 70 games following the trade.

Colorado may have some competition to sign him, because Ellis would be a simple, veteran solution at second base for a lot of contenders.

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.