Earlier in the year, Cleveland Indians top prospect Bradley Zimmer fouled a ball off of his foot. While playing through the injury to finish the season, the outfielder revealed that the foul ball caused a hairline fracture in his right foot, according to Zack Meisel of Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Zimmer talked about the injury (and the walking boot it’s forced him to wear) Tuesday at Progressive Field, where all of the organization’s top prospects gathered this week for the team’s fall development program.
“I’m getting used to it,” he said of the boot. “It’s a little heavy, but I’m making it work. We’ll see how I progress the next couple weeks.”
According to MLB.com associate beat writer August Fagerstrom, the injury was sustained in early June, before the 22-year-old was promoted to Double-A Akron.
While splitting his season between High-A Lynchburg and Double-A Akron, the 21st overall selection in the 2014 draft had a combined slash line of .273/.368/.446, including 16 home runs, 63 RBIs, and 44 stolen bases in 127 games. In Akron, he posted a .308 batting average with 60 runs, 17 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, 39 RBI and 32 stolen bases in 78 games. He batted just .219 in Lynchburg, with nine doubles, one triple, six home runs, 24 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases.
Named a Minor League All-Star by Baseball America, Zimmer has climbed up the prospect ranks very quickly. This injury is a bump in the road, but his playing through it also speaks to his toughness.
“He had been playing with it for a couple months, so he’s a pretty tough kid to be working through that,” said Carter Hawkins, the Indians’ director of player development. “We’ll see how it plays out over the next couple of weeks.”
Unfortunately for the Indians’ top prospect, the injury has made his status for the Arizona Fall League uncertain. The fall league begins in mid-October.