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Angels, Andrew Heaney avoid arbitration

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Angels and pitcher Andrew Heaney have avoided arbitration, agreeing on an $800,000 salary with performance bonuses for the 2018 season. Heaney was eligible for arbitration for the first of four years.

Heaney, 26, made his season debut in mid-August after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He struggled in five starts, yielding 17 runs in 21 2/3 innings. The lefty went back on the disabled list in September with a shoulder impingement.

Assuming he can stay healthy, Heaney is expected to battle for a rotation spot in spring training.

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’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.