The Indians announced today that they’ve placed outfielder Bradley Zimmer on the 10-day DL. He’ll be replaced on the active roster by righty Neil Ramirez, whose contract was selected. Clearing a 40-man spot was accomplished by shifting lefty Ryan Merritt to the 60-day DL.
Zimmer has been diagnosed with a left rib contusion, which does not seem likely to keep him out for too terribly long. The 25-year-old outfielder has been struggling quite a bit, with a .224/.283/.337 slash and 39 strikeouts through his first 106 plate appearances on the season.
The 28-year-old Ramirez, meanwhile, will again look to reestablish himself in the majors. He was once a quality pen option with the Cubs but has struggled in recent years. Ramirez was throwing quite well at Triple-A, compiling 17 2/3 innings of 2.55 ERA ball with a whopping 15.8 K/9 against just 1.5 BB/9.
Man, I hope Ramirez helps the pen. Maybe if he does good they’ll dump ZMach when Zimmer is ready to return?
I see zmac being in a contract swap with a noncondending team (plus a prospect) for another semi reliable arm. The tribe isn’t one to just dump money left on contracts without getting some kind of value.
He’s making a little over $2 million this year and he’s a free agent at the end of the year. If they want to get rid of him, there’s no need for any sort of contract swap.
ramirez has steadily declined each season since his rookie year with the cubs and bounced around. i’m not holding my breath on him actually helping the pen. more like fitting in with all the other underwhelming candidates.