The Cleveland Indians will be without outfielder Bradley Zimmer for up to one full calendar year after the 25-year-old underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder on Friday, according to a team release obtained by MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.
Zimmer is expected to take at least eight months before resuming full baseball activities.
The speedy outfielder has been held to 34 games this year, routinely sidelined with a series of ailments. Over 114 plate appearances, Zimmer owns a .226/.281/.330 slash line with a pair of home runs and four stolen bases.
Cleveland has the easiest path to the postseason as heavy favorites to win the American League Central. However, its outfield is a bit of a weak spot, currently featuring Michael Brantley, Tyler Naquin, and Melky Cabrera.