Outfielder Bradley Zimmer was sitting in an ice bath after a game with Triple-A Columbus when he was told that manager Chris Tremie wanted to see him in his office.
“When I went to his office he shook my hand and said, ‘Congratulations, you’re going to the big leagues,’ ” Zimmer said. “It’s hard to put into words that feeling I had. It’s something I’ll never forget.”
Zimmer’s systematic climb through the system, which began as a first-round pick from San Francisco in 2014, culminated with his May 16 callup. Indians manager Terry Francona inserted him into the lineup in center field that day against the Rays.