CLEVELAND -- The Indians placed Abe Almonte on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday and announced more bad news Wednesday where the outfielder was concerned.
An MRI performed on Almonte’s right arm Tuesday revealed a high-grade strain of the biceps tendon that will sideline him for 3-5 weeks.
Almonte, who is batting .221 with a home run and six RBIs over 33 games, originally sustained the injury on a swing in Toronto on May 10. He returned and started Saturday, but re-aggravated the injury and was forced to leave Monday’s series opener against Tampa Bay.
“Abe deserves a lot of credit for trying to play through it,” manager Terry Francona said. “We’re gonna have to shut him down for a while.”
Almonte has started 22 games in right field and four in center. He’s been one of the few Indians producing with runners in scoring position, batting
.273 (6-for-22) in the department -- .357 (5-for-14) with RISP and less than two outs.
Bradley Zimmer was back in the lineup after making his big league debut Tuesday night -- 0-for-3 with three strikeouts -- starting in center field and batting eighth.
Zimmer, a first-round draft pick out of the University of San Francisco in 2011, is better known for his bat, but can play defense, too, according to Francona.
“His skills are very good,” Francona said. “His experience level ... he didn’t play at a huge Division I school, so when we signed him, he was raw. He’s still learning, but the skills are there. As he gets to know the league, you’re going to see an above-average defender.”
Right-hander Nick Goody began the season at Triple-A Columbus, but he’s made an impact since joining the Indians bullpen.
Goody hasn’t allowed a run over 13 appearances, while striking out 13 batters over 15 1/3 innings.
“He’s been perfect,” left-hander Andrew Miller said. “It’s not always going to be that way but we’re riding him pretty hard right now and he’s doing a great job. I think Nick’s been a big piece for us. He’s getting more and more higher-leverage innings.”
The Indians are off today, beginning a three-game series in Houston on Friday night (8:10).
Trevor Bauer (3-4, 6.92 ERA) opens the set for Cleveland, opposing RHP Charlie Morton (5-2, 3.97), while Mike Clevinger (1-1, 2.70) starts Saturday (4:10 p.m.) against RHP Mike Fiers (1-1, 5.75).
Danny Salazar (2-4, 5.66) goes for the Indians in the series finale Sunday (2:10 p.m.) against RHP Joe Musgrove (3-3, 4.57).
Left-hander Boone Logan made his 600th career appearance in the sixth inning. ... The Indians entered Wednesday owning the third-best record (8-4) in the AL in day games, with their pitching staff compiling a major league-low 2.86 ERA compared to a 4.39 ERA in night games.