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OF crash still bothering Zimmer; DL possible

Francona: Indians reaching point where decision should be made if effects linger
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DETROIT -- Bradley Zimmer took the field for the Indians' pregame workout at Comerica Park prior to Monday's game against the Tigers, but the center fielder remained out of the starting lineup for the sixth time in the past seven games. Cleveland is now weighing whether a trip to the disabled list is in order.

Zimmer, who continues to feel the effects of a violent crash into the center-field wall at Yankee Stadium on May 5, has still experienced discomfort while swinging a bat in recent days. Indians manager Terry Francona has noted that the primary issue has been bruising of Zimmer's chest.

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DETROIT -- Bradley Zimmer took the field for the Indians' pregame workout at Comerica Park prior to Monday's game against the Tigers, but the center fielder remained out of the starting lineup for the sixth time in the past seven games. Cleveland is now weighing whether a trip to the disabled list is in order.

Zimmer, who continues to feel the effects of a violent crash into the center-field wall at Yankee Stadium on May 5, has still experienced discomfort while swinging a bat in recent days. Indians manager Terry Francona has noted that the primary issue has been bruising of Zimmer's chest.

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"He's going to go out and see what he can do and how he feels," Francona said before Monday's game. "Today's probably a day where we're getting to where we'll make a decision. Is he getting to a point where he can play, or do we need to DL him? I'd say today's a pretty important day for him."

Video: CLE@NYY: Zimmer blasts a 3-run homer to center

Zimmer last played on Wednesday in Milwaukee, but the Indians only have the ability under Major League Baseball rules to make a DL stint retroactive by three days. That means, if Zimmer is placed on the 10-day DL, he will need to be deactivated for a minimum of seven days before rejoining the roster.

Francona said Zimmer would do as much activity as he could tolerate on Monday.

"If it's bothering him, I don't think we want him to continue. But, if he's doing good, yeah, we'll let him," Francona said. "He's a pretty tough kid. He doesn't want to go on the DL and I don't think anybody's pushing him to it, but we're coming up on maybe almost a week. It just gets to a point where it probably makes some sense."

Worth noting
• Utility man Erik Gonzalez went 1-for-4 in a start at second base against the Royals on Sunday and is now batting .357 (10-for-28) through his 19 games for Cleveland this year. Francona was asked if he has considered giving Gonzalez more starts against left-handed pitchers in place of the struggling Jason Kipnis (.173 average and .509 OPS through 38 games).

Video: TOR@CLE: Gonzalez laces a bases-clearing double

"I think about a lot of stuff, but we also have to get Kip going," Francona said. "It was good he took the day [off Sunday], and he was up in the cage and he hit a bunch. That was good for him. I just think, I mean, you might see Erik play some against some of these guys, but Kip's a guy that, when we're a good team, he's playing every day. And that's what we need to get to."

• Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall (10-day DL, right calf) traveled with the Indians to Detroit for the three-game road set against the Tigers. Francona said Chisenhall has been cleared to resume regular batting practice and continues to make progress in a running program.

"He's doing more and more," Francona said. "And, when you see him with us, that's a good sign. That means he's doing stuff on the field, taking BP. I don't think there's any timetable yet for when he can go out [on a Minor League rehab assignment], but he is making progress."

• Shortstop Francisco Lindor was named the co-American League Player of the Week (along with Seattle pitcher James Paxton) on Monday. Lindor is the first Cleveland player to win the honor in consecutive weeks since the award's creation in 1974. Over the two weeks combined, Lindor has hit .483/.516/1.017 with eight homers, eight doubles, 15 RBIs and 19 runs scored, plus a .635 weighted on-base average and 308 weighted Runs Created Plus.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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