The Cleveland Indians announced Tuesday that rookie center fielder Bradley Zimmer underwent surgery on the fractured fourth metacarpal of his left hand at the New York Hand and Wrist Center of Lenox Hill in New York.
Zimmer underwent the surgery hours before the Indians began pursuit of their 20th straight win with Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham, who also examined Zimmer on Monday. The procedure required a plate and nine screws to be inserted in order to heal the fracture.
The Indians estimated that Zimmer will be able to resume baseball activities in six to eight weeks.
Zimmer was injured in the seventh inning of Sunday's 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on a head-first slide into first base. He hit a ground ball to Chris Davis and the Baltimore first baseman stepped on Zimmer's hand while applying the tag.
While sliding into first base often gets questioned, Indians manager Terry Francona said he did not have any problems with the play.
"I said, 'Hey, if you're feeling (like you did something wrong), don't," Francona said before Monday's 11-0 win. "I know you hear so often, 'Don't slide head-first into first.' You hear it all the time. I disagree. As a baserunner, when you're running that way and the fielder's coming this way, or the pitcher is coming this way, sometimes the best way to get to the bag is sliding."
The 24-year-old batted .241 with eight runs, 39 RBIs and 41 runs scored in 101 games for the Indians, who promoted him from the minor leagues on May 16. He made 73 starts and 97 appearances in center field, did not make an error and recorded eight outfield assists.
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