The young slugger overhauled his swing mechanics last season, and continued working on the new style during spring training. Assistant hitting coach Matt Quatraro said he believes Zimmer is "still trying to find" a consistent stroke, but he's sure the outfielder knows what needs to be adjusted. Through his first eight MLB games, the 24-year-old is slashing .286/.400/.476 in 25 plate appearances.
Zimmer is out of the lineup Monday against the Reds, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Zimmer will be squeezed out of the lineup with no designated hitter spot available in Cincinnati. In order to get the powerful bats of Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion in the lineup, the Indians will move Santana over to right field while Encarnacion mans first base and Lonnie Chisenhall shifts from right to center field. Zimmer likely won't be excluded from the lineup in all three games of the series with the Reds, so fantasy owners in deeper mixed or AL-only leagues who are short on other outfield options can probably still feel comfortable keeping him active this week.
Zimmer went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double, two RBI and two runs during Wednesday's loss to Tampa Bay.
With Abraham Almonte (biceps) expected to be sidelined for approximately a month, Zimmer projects to have an extended stay in the majors. With a few more games like Wednesday's, the 24-year-old outfielder might be up with Cleveland for good. It wouldn't be surprising to see him return feast-or-famine results after posting a 29.9 percent strikeout rate with Triple-A Columbus this season, but hitting in the Tribe's deep lineup could help Zimmer pile up counting stats in a hurry. His power-speed combo makes him an intriguing fantasy asset with oodles of upside.
With the Indians announcing Wednesday that Abraham Almonte (biceps) will be sidelined for 3-to-5 weeks, Zimmer could remain with the big club for an extended stretch, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Zimmer, one of the Tribe's top prospects, was promoted from Triple-A Columbus after Almonte hit the disabled list Tuesday and made his MLB debut later that evening, striking out in all three of his at-bats. Per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Zimmer is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays, and it appears the Indians are committed to giving the 24-year-old regular run in center field as long as he remains with the big club. Due to the intriguing power and speed combination he's flashed throughout his minor-league career, Zimmer's fantasy upside is tantalizing, but it's worth wondering if he'll be able to make enough contact to consistently deliver helpful production in the counting-stats categories. After striking out in 29.9 percent of his plate appearances with Columbus prior to the call-up, Zimmer's three-strikeout performance in his Indians debut wasn't very encouraging.
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