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Nationals designate Jeremy Guthrie for assignment

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The Nationals designated right-hander Jeremy Guthrie for assignment on Sunday, per a team announcement. Guthrie made his first start of the season during Saturday’s 17-3 loss to the Phillies, but couldn’t make it out of the first inning. He issued four walks and 10 runs in 2/3 of the first inning, recording two outs on run-scoring sacrifice flies.

It’s an unfortunate end to Guthrie’s run with the Nationals and may be the end of his major league career as well. The 38-year-old righty hasn’t pitched more than an inning since 2015, when he worked a 5.95 ERA, 2.7 BB/9 and 5.1 SO/9 over 148 1/3 innings for the Royals.

With a vacant spot on the roster and Joe Ross still several days away from returning to the rotation, the Nationals selected the contract of Triple-A right-handed reliever Matt Albers. Albers has not logged any official playing time in Triple-A Syracuse yet, but impressed in spring training with three walks and six strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.

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.