Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer has had better Saturdays. First, he allowed six runs on two home runs — including a grand slam — to the Yankees early in his outing. Then, in frustration, he intentionally threw a fastball at Alex Rodriguez, which earned him an ejection from home plate umpire Rob Drake.
Now, he’s been optioned to Triple-A Fresno. The Astros will announce a corresponding move on Sunday. According to Julia Morales of ROOT Sports, it sounds like Oberholtzer’s frustration played a role in his demotion:
Oberholtzer, 25, had pitched well prior to Saturday’s disaster, carrying a 2.81 ERA with a 23/13 K/BB ratio over 32 innings. The lefty had been dealing with a blister issue throughout the season.
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.