The Marlins acquired starter Dan Haren along with second baseman Dee Gordon last month, but Haren has said he may retire if he is unable to pitch close to his home on the West coast. However, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are holding out hope Haren changes his mind and comes to camp when pitchers and catchers report on February 20.
Haren, 34, finished the 2014 season with a 4.02 ERA and a 145/36 K/BB ratio in 186 innings. Given his results over the past three seasons, the Marlins wouldn’t expect much performance-wise, but would value his ability to soak up innings. Haren has taken the hill at least 30 times in every season dating back to 2005.
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.