Tribe's Zimmer exits after HBP in Triple-A game

Tribe's Zimmer exits after HBP in Triple-A game

WASHINGTON -- Indians No. 1 prospect Bradley Zimmer was removed from Triple-A Columbus' game against Toledo on Wednesday night after being hit on the left middle finger by a pitch.

Zimmer, who is also's 31st-ranked prospect, was attempting to bunt in the fifth inning of Columbus' game. The outfielder was then hit by a pitch from Toledo's Matt Crouse and immediately replaced by Clippers outfielder Collin Cowgill.

"It looks like it's going to be OK," Clippers manager Chris Tremie told reporters Wednesday night. "Obviously, squaring around to bunt, it's an impact on the fingers and doesn't look like anything seriously wrong with it."

Zimmer is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Thursday.

Zimmer, 23, went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run for the Clippers before exiting the game. Through 15 games this season at Triple-A, the center fielder has hit at a .309 (17-for-55) clip. Over 108 games between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus this year, Zimmer has hit .261 with 15 homers, 22 doubles, six triples, 57 RBIs, 69 runs and 36 stolen bases.

The Indians selected Zimmer in the first round (21st overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.