Sep 30, 2013; Independence, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller poses for a portrait during media day at Cavaliers Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Zeller has appendectomy

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller was diagnosed with acute appendicitis yesterday, the team announced Saturday. He had surgery to remove his appendix immediately after the diagnosis and is currently recovering at the Cleveland Clinic. No time table his been given for his return.

As a rookie, the North Carolina product averaged 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in his rookie campaign. While he struggled last year, there is hope that new coach Mike Brown can help Zeller improve his post defense and make him a key cog in the Cavaliers rotation as they push for the playoffs.

He also serves insurance for the Cavaliers at center, where Anderson Varejao and Andrew Bynum both have a history of injury problems.

The Cavaliers continue their preseason schedule on Tuesday when they visit the Charlotte Bobcats. They officially open up the season on October 30th at home against the Brooklyn Nets.

Stay tuned to for updates on Zeller’s condition over the next few days.

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