Terry Francona knew Bradley Zimmer was going to complicate roster decisions. The Cleveland Indians manager said as much soon after the team started arrived for summer camp.
“There’s some wild cards that make it a little more difficult,” Francona noted a couple weeks ago. “Like Bradley Zimmer, a guy that we absolutely love. We love his skill set.”
Mind you, this was before the former first-round pick put forth an absolutely torrid plate performance during the team’s intrasquad games. Before he showed off how much difference a batting stance shift could make on his offensive production.
Now, with only two days before Cleveland has to finalize its 30-man squad, Zimmer has all but forced his name onto the opening day roster with his summer camp performance. On top of that, he’s also made a case to get significant playing time.
That’s where things get tricky for the Indians.