The Astros will probably get new uniforms next year

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Zach Levine reports that Astros owner Jim Crane said yesterday that the Astros are “leaning heavily” toward new uniforms for next season, their first in the American League.

Apparently designs for new duds have to be submitted to Major League Baseball by May 1st to be available for next season. Which seems weird, but rules are rules. There’s no suggestion what the design might be, but Levine’s article comes with a slide show of all of the team’s past uniforms.

Note — as I did when I reviewed team uniforms a couple of years ago — that the past wasn’t all about rainbows.  Often overlooked in Houston’s sartorial history are the late 60s-early 70s shooting star unis. Those things are just as pleasing as can be and don’t commit fashion disasters like the numbers on the pants issues those J.R. Richard rainbow jobs did.

Not that they need to go retro.  In fact they shouldn’t.  Except for the star-H on the caps.  GOTTA have that. That is gold.

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.