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.
The Royals requested unconditional release waivers on Zimmer on Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Once a top pitching prospect in the organization, Zimmer has had his career derailed by injuries. He was designated for assignment by the Royals at the end of March to make room for a major-league-ready reliever, but even though he may be released officially Thursday, the team hopes to bring him back on a minor-league contract if he's not claimed off waivers by another club. Regardless, it seems like the 26-year-old will spend more time in the minors if his body allows him to do so.
Zimmer was designated for assignment by Kansas City on Thursday, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Zimmer was optioned to Triple-A Omaha earlier in the spring and was officially removed from the 40-man in order to make room for Blaine Boyer.
Zimmer was sent down to Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic Kansas City reports.
Zimmer managed to record just two outs in one spring training appearance. He gave up one run on one hit and two walks. Zimmer figures to start the regular season with Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate as organizational depth.
Zimmer (arm) will make his spring debut Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Zimmer was able to toss a couple more live batting practice sessions this week and appears to be at full health heading into Friday's outing. The right-hander underwent a procedure last fall to remove old sutures in his arm, and has dealt with various ailments -- including arm fatigue and thoracic outlet syndrome surgery -- over the past couple years, so the Royals are carefully monitoring his progress this spring. According to manager Ned Yost, Zimmer has been throwing the ball pretty well lately, but it's likely that he will begin the 2018 campaign at the minor-league level while serving as organizational depth.
Zimmer indicated Thursday he plans to throw at least two more batting practice sessions before potentially returning to game action next week, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Zimmer underwent surgery last fall to remove old sutures in his arm and entered spring training fully healthy, but still having some work to do in order to be game ready. The 26-year-old has a chance at a spot in the Royals' bullpen with a solid showing in spring training, but will need to bounce back after posting a 5.79 ERA and 1.56 WHIP across 36.2 innings with Triple-A Omaha in 2017.
Zimmer looks to compete for a spot on the 25-man roster to open the season, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Zimmer has yet to reach the major leagues but could earn a bullpen spot with a solid showing in spring training. He worked his way up to Triple-A Omaha last season. However, he struggled to have much success. He accrued a 5.79 ERA across 32.2 innings after being promoted. The 26-year-old has proven he has electric stuff and will attempt to bounce back after a disappointing second half in 2017.
Zimmer (arm) is back in full health and will be ready to participate in spring training.
Zimmer underwent Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery during the 2016 summer and was battling arm fatigue at the latter end of the 2017 season. Zimmer threw a 20-pitch bullpen session last week, during which he reportedly threw 18 strikes and experienced no pain. He struggled at Triple-A Omaha last season, as he posted a 5.79 ERA and 1.58 WHIP over 20 games (32.2 innings).
Zimmer is currently being listed as suffering from a fatigued arm, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Zimmer has only pitched 36.2 innings this season, missing time earlier in the year with a shoulder injury. With that being said, it wouldn't be surprising to find out there is more to the story than the Royals are currently letting on, considering he threw 89.0 innings in 2013 and 64.0 in 2015, suggesting the number of innings he's pitched this year is not an unfamiliar work load.
Zimmer was prematurely lifted from Wednesday's minor-league game with an apparent injury.
Zimmer signaled for the trainer after facing just one batter and tossing six pitches. It's unclear what the issue was that forced him out of the game, but it's worth noting that his fastball velocity was significantly down. He'll likely be reevaluated in the coming days, after which there should be a clearer idea regarding his status.
The Royals are pleased with Zimmer's velocity -- he touched 97 mph last time out -- and are considering calling him up for a late-inning role, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
This is quite a shift from the idea that Zimmer was not on the Royals' radar less than a month ago. Despite the apparent positive impression he's made on team management, it's tough to believe that the right-hander is ready for an MLB role, considering his awful numbers in 11 games with Triple-A Omaha (7.52 ERA, 1.79 WHIP, 18:11 K:BB in 20.1 innings) this season.
Zimmer, who recently returned to action with Triple-A from a shoulder injury, is not expected to be called up anytime soon, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
In three relief appearances -- each of which lasted two innings -- since being activated, the 25-year-old righty has surrendered just one run on four hits while striking out five. Zimmer is expected to fill a rotation spot for Kansas City in the not-too-distant future, but the club is in no hurry to push him through the ranks. Even if he does well in Omaha, the team currently has no room in its big-league rotation for Zimmer.
Zimmer (shoulder) was activated off the minor-league disabled list Tuesday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
Zimmer has been out since late April due to this most recent shoulder ailment, although it seems like the Royals finally feel comfortable enough to deploy him in full game action again. With all the injuries to the Royals' rotation, it's not completely out of the question for the pitching prospect to receive a callup later in the summer, although he'll need to prove he can stay healthy over an extended number of starts with Triple-A Omaha.
Zimmer (shoulder) has recently been able to throw in two extended spring training games in Arizona, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Zimmer was placed on the 7-day disabled list in late April with shoulder soreness and has since spent the last month in Arizona rehabbing. He was cleared to resume throwing about two weeks ago and has since advanced to facing hitters, but is still expected to pitch a few more outings in extended spring training or at a lower-level minor-league affiliate before rejoining Omaha. Though the Royals are likely to give some of their starting pitchers at Triple-A trials with the big club in the next few weeks with Danny Duffy (oblique) and Nate Karns (forearm) on the DL, Zimmer won't be under consideration for a promotion until he's able to stay healthy and pitch effectively for Omaha over an extended stretch.
Zimmer (shoulder) is able to throw without pain and may partake in a brief rehab stint in Arizona before returning to Triple-A Omaha, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Zimmer was placed on the 7-day disabled list on April 24 with shoulder soreness but is apparently feeling well enough to return to the Triple-A starting rotation in the near future. Prior to his injury, Zimmer had posted a 4.76 ERA over his first 5.2 innings.
Zimmer was placed on the 7-day DL with shoulder soreness, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Zimmer left his last start after just one inning due to shoulder soreness, and given his injury history, the Royals are taking no chances with him. The move is retroactive to April 21, but it's more than likely that the Royals will take it slow with the activation of the 25-year-old, who has pitched fewer than 100 total innings since 2014 thanks to a variety of injuries. It's currently unclear how long the shoulder ailment will keep him sidelined.
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|2013||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||4||8||4.82||18||18||1||1||0||89.2||80||54||48||9||3||31||113|
|2013||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||2||1||1.93||4||4||0||0||0||18.2||11||4||4||2||2||5||27|
|2014||R-Idaho Falls Chukars||0||0||1.93||6||5||0||0||0||4.2||5||1||1||0||0||4||5|
|2015||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||2||5||2.81||15||7||0||0||3||48.0||42||20||15||4||0||14||51|
|2016||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||0||1||1.93||2||2||0||0||0||4.2||3||1||1||0||0||4||9|
|2016||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||0||1||0.00||1||1||0||0||0||1.0||1||1||0||0||0||2||2|
|2017||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||0||0||5.79||20||2||0||0||3||32.2||35||21||21||4||1||16||34|
|2017||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||0||0||2.25||1||1||0||0||0||4.0||6||1||1||0||0||0||6|