Jon Griffin of the Double-A Mobile BayBears broke a minor league record over the past couple of days: he hit five home runs in five consecutive plate appearances. Four in the first game Wednesday and a fifth on Thursday in his first at-bat. You can see video of it here.
Griffin, 25, is a first baseman/DH, and the Dbacks really don’t need one of those, but it’s cool to see such an accomplishment. He has ten homers on the year. He hit ten last year, but earlier in his minor league career had seasons with 26 and 28. Maybe this will open someone’s eyes to him and give him a chance where his path to the bigs is less problematic.
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.