Zimmer was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Monday. The 2012 fifth-overall pick finally got to make his big-league debut as a 27-year-old this season, but he failed to impress in two innings of work, walking five batters and allowing a pair of runs. He'll be replaced on the roster by Glenn Sparkman, who could be in line to start Wednesday against the Mariners.
Zimmer worked 1.2 scoreless innings Sunday in the Royals' 14-5 exhibition win over the Athletics. He gave up a base hit and didn't strike out any batters. The fifth overall pick by the Royals in the 2012 first-year player draft, Zimmer has yet to reach the big leagues after seeing his development derailed by a slew of injuries. Kansas City remains intrigued by the 27-year-old's potential to contribute out of the bullpen in 2019 after he displayed improved mechanics and velocity while working out at the Driveline Baseball program outside of Seattle over the winter. That prompted the team to re-sign Zimmer to a one-year deal over the winter, and his first outing of the spring certainly seemed to validate the Royals' optimism.
Zimmer agreed to a one-year contract with the Royals on Friday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports. Zimmer, the oft-injured 2012 first-round pick, is back with Kansas City for the 2019 campaign. He's yet to make his major-league debut, although he'll have a good chance to do so this year. Zimmer was removed from the 40-man roster last season and spent the year working on mechanical improvements with Driveline Baseball in an effort to avoid the physical issues that have plagued his pro career to date.
Zimmer agreed to a minor-league deal with the Royals on Friday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports. Zimmer will likely report to Triple-A Omaha for the start of his 2018 campaign. He was recently released by the team, but it was expected that Zimmer would return to the organization on a new contract. He appeared in 32.2 innings with Omaha last year, and will be utilized as depth out of the bullpen for the club.
Zimmer was released by Kansas City on Thursday. The club has expressed interest in bringing Zimmer back on a minor-league deal, though it's unlikely that he will spend a prolonged period of time at the major-league level this season. The 26-year-old reached Triple-A last season, appearing in 20 games for Omaha and logging 32.2 innings.