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Report: Royals SP Zimmer targeting late April for game action
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(10/28/14) The Royals' plan for pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer is to build up his strength in extended spring training before returning to game action in late April, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Zimmer underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday after feeling tightness in his shoulder during Arizona Fall League play.
MRI comes back clean on Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(10/28/14) The MRI on Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer came back clean, reports the Kansas City Star. Zimmer might undergo arthroscopic surgery "to see what's being missed," the paper added.
Zimmer felt tightness in his shoulder during a start in the Arizona Fall League this month and was shut down for the rest of the offseason.
Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer shut down with shoulder issue
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(10/22/14) Promising Royals right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer felt tightness in his shoulder during a start in the Arizona Fall League last week. He has been shut down for the rest of the offseason, per the Kansas City Star.
Zimmer, who has 187 strikeouts in 152 2/3 minor league innings since 2012, has struggled to maintain health with his shoulder. He was limited to just 4 2/3 innings pitched in 2014.
Kyle Zimmer set to make season debut
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(8/16/14) Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer will throw an inning for Class A Idaho Falls Sunday, as he continues to work his way back from a lat strain, reports the Kansas City Star.
Zimmer is expected to take two days off before making his second appearance for Idaho Falls, but his next step beyond that is not yet known. Zimmer has yet to pitch in a competitive game this season, due to a number of issues dating back to spring training.
Kyle Zimmer has throwing program accelerated
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(8/4/14) Royals starting pitcher prospect Kyle Zimmer (lat strain) said the team has accelerated his throwing program, according to The Kansas City Star. The highly touted prospect might be assigned to a minor-league affiliate in two weeks to throw in relief.
|You'll want to look beyond the numbers with Kyle Zimmer. He had trouble keeping the ball down during a rough patch at high Class A Wilmington early in the season, resulting in a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts at that level. His 1.93 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 13.0 strikeouts per nine innings in four starts after his promotion to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, though obviously too good to be true, are more indicative of his abilities. He'll have to tighten up his mechanics to avoid the peaks and valleys going forward, but in terms of pure stuff, he's a scout's dream, boasting a fastball that can reach triple digits and a secondary arsenal good enough to give him 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings in his first 31 minor-league starts. In a year when they intend to contend, the Royals have several potential pitfalls in their starting rotation, so a midseason promotion for Zimmer isn't outside the realm of possibility. He isn't equipped for a big workload, though, and is at best second in line behind Yordano Ventura, so consider his prospects better for the future than the present.
(Updated 1/14/14) |
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