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Kyle Zimmer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 228
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) is expected to begin throwing in minor league games by May 10.
Zimmer barely pitched in 2014 and underwent a debridement procedure last October 28 to repair his right labrum and rotator cuff. He was ranked the No. 23 prospect in the sport by Baseball America prior to the 2014 season, but lingering arm issues have sunk his stock. He needs a productive 2015. Apr 6 - 1:47 PM

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Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring on Sunday.

Zimmer is hoping to be pitching in games by May. The 23-year-old right-hander totaled just 4 2/3 innings last season at rookie-level Idaho Falls due to lat and shoulder troubles. He underwent a debridement procedure on October 28 to repair his right labrum and rotator cuff. Zimmer remains a promising young talent, but some things need to start going right on the health side of things.
Feb 24 - 4:34 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reported that the Royals expect Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) to be able to continue with his throwing program this week.

Zimmer was rated as the No. 23 prospect in baseball by Baseball America prior to the 2014 season, but a variety of arm and shoulder injuries have limited him. He pitched just four and two-thirds innings in rookie ball at Idaho Falls before being shut down. On October 28, he underwent a surgical procedure to repair his right labrum and rotator cuff. He was scheduled for a follow-up look at the shoulder on Monday and assuming it's clean, the Royals expect him to be able to resume a throwing program. If Zimmer is able to build up his strength, the 23-year-old could see minor league action by mid-April.
Jan 19 - 2:13 PM

Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer underwent a debridement procedure Tuesday to repair his right labrum and rotator cuff.

The Royals overall were encouraged by how Zimmer's MRIs looked, but they determined that minor surgery was still necessary. The plan is for him to be built up slowly in extended spring training before hopefully returning to game action in late April. Zimmer missed most of the 2014 campaign with shoulder issues and suffered a setback in the Arizona Fall League.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 06:21:00 PM

MRIs on Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer's right shoulder came back clean.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported earlier Monday that Zimmer was likely headed for shoulder surgery. He may still get operated on, but it would just be a minor arthroscopic procedure. While any kind of surgery is never optimal, it's the best news the Royals could have hoped for. Zimmer missed a large chunk of the 2014 season due to shoulder issues and it began bothering him again last week in the Arizona Fall League.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 06:10:00 PM

Kyle Zimmer will likely need shoulder surgery.

Zimmer missed a large majority of the 2014 season due to a right shoulder injury and it began bothering him again last week in the Arizona Fall League. He is scheduled to visit with Dr. David Altchek this week for an official diagnosis. Zimmer was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 11:43:00 AM

Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer is headed home from the Arizona Fall League and in line for a consultation with Dr. David Altchek regarding his injured right shoulder.

It is believed to be a recurrence of the same shoulder injury that sidelined the right-hander for most of the 2014 season. While it could be a purely precautionary visit, the fact that he continues to have problems in the same area is a troubling sign, and surgery could be on the horizon.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 06:58:00 PM

Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer reinjured his right shoulder Saturday while pitching for Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

Zimmer struck out 11 batters over five innings in his second AFL start, but he was forced to exit after just one inning on Saturday. The fear is that it's the same injury which limited Zimmer to 4 2/3 innings this season in the minors. The Royals will play it safe and shut him down for the rest of the fall. "More than likely, we're not going to push it any further this fall and just try to get this under control," said Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 08:54:00 AM

Royals prospect RHP Kyle Zimmer allowed one hit and one walk and worked 1/3 of an inning on Sunday in his season debut with Rookie-level Idaho Falls.

The outing was the first time Zimmer has pitched in a game this season, as he only began throwing last month after experiencing a setback in May with his recovery from a lat strain. Prior to the injury, the 22-year-old right-hander had been sidelined for the first six weeks of the season with shoulder inflammation. In 2013, Zimmer registered a disappointing 4.32 ERA in 108 1/3 innings between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas, but he still managed to hold opposing batters to a .224 average while striking out 140 batters during that span. He was flat-out dominant over his final eight starts, with a 1.85 ERA, .163 BAA and 63-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 43 2/3 innings. If all goes as planned with his rehab work, Zimmer should be ready to make up for the lost time in the Arizona Fall League.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 05:57:00 PM

Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer (lat) will make his season debut on Sunday at Short-Season Idaho Falls.

Zimmer has missed all season with a strained lat but resumed throwing last month after having a setback in May. The top prospect figures to make a handful of appearances before likely pitching in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 10:50:00 PM

Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer (lat) will resume throwing on Monday.

Zimmer has missed all season with a strained lat and hasn't thrown since having a setback in May. The hope is that the top prospect will be ready for one-inning outings late in the minor league season. He'll also no doubt pitch in the Arizona Fall League and/or winter ball.
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 10:52:00 AM

An MRI for Royals right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer did not show any inflammation, and team doctors cleared him to resume throwing.

Zimmer missed the first six weeks of the 2014 season with shoulder discomfort and then had to be shut down again after suffering a strain to his right latissimus dorsi muscle. It seems like eons ago since he appeared in a game, but he could be back in the Double-A rotation by early August. Zimmer is unlikely to reach the major leagues this year. He could spend time in the Arizona Fall League to pick up additional innings.
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 10:18:00 AM

Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer (lat) is on track to begin a throwing program on July 15.

Zimmer has been shut down since May 27 because of a lat strain. He also dealt with biceps tendinitis all spring and has not thrown a pitch in a game this season. The 22-year-old right-hander was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft and posted promising numbers in 2013 at Double-A.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 05:47:00 PM

Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer has been shut down for 6-8 weeks due to a lat strain.

It's been a frustrating 24 hours for the Royals, who saw Yordano Ventura exit Monday's game with elbow discomfort. Zimmer has been limited to work in extended spring training so far this season and will now likely be sidelined until late July. He's just 22 years old, but it's a tough blow to his development.
Tue, May 27, 2014 11:20:00 AM

Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) is pitching in games at extended spring training.

The 22-year-old right-hander had to be shut down with a shoulder issue last August, so the Royals are easing him back into action this season. Zimmer was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 11:19:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
3Jarrod Dyson
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Chris Young
8Ryan Madson
9Yohan Pino
10Brandon Finnegan
11Tim Collins