Indians promote top OF prospect Bradley Zimmer

The Cleveland Indians, in an attempt to bolster their injury-plagued outfield, promoted top prospect Bradley Zimmer amid a series of roster moves Tuesday.

Zimmer will make his major league debut Tuesday against the Rays. He will bat ninth in Cleveland's lineup and start in center field.

Zimmer has played the majority of his minor league career in center field and figures to replace Abraham Almonte, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list earlier Tuesday.

Almonte was placed on the DL one day after leaving Monday's game with a sore right shoulder. Cleveland also is without outfielder Brandon Guyer, who will miss four to six weeks with a wrist injury.

The Indians also recalled right-hander Shawn Armstrong from Triple-A Columbus, optioned infielder Yandy Diaz to Columbus and designated right-hander Carlos Frias for assignment Tuesday.

Zimmer, 24, was Cleveland's first-round draft selection in 2014. He was off to a solid start this season at Columbus, batting .294 with five home runs, nine stolen bases and a .532 slugging percentage in 33 games. He was rated as the Indians' third-best prospect earlier this year by ESPN's Keith Law.