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March 19, 2020 04:04 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Heads to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zimmer was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.

Zimmer struggled to a 10.80 ERA and an 18:19 K:BB in his 18.1-inning debut last season, so it's no surprise to see him fail to break camp with the team. If he does return to the majors at some point this season, it will likely be in a low-leverage role.

August 22, 2019 10:04 AM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Recalled from Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zimmer was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.

He has given up two runs while striking out seven in 4.2 innings (three appearances) since getting sent back to Triple-A earlier this month. Zimmer has given up seven runs while walking more (10) than he has struck out (six) in 7.1 innings in the majors. Jake Newberry was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation in a corresponding move.

August 9, 2019 03:28 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Sent down
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zimmer was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Friday, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.

After giving up five runs over his last two appearances (1.1 innings), the Royals will add a fresher and hopefully more productive arm to the bullpen. Eric Skoglund was recalled in a corresponding move.

July 27, 2019 04:28 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Back with big club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zimmer was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.

Zimmer was brought back to the majors to replace Jake Diekman, who was traded to the Athletics on Saturday. In a brief stint with the Royals at the beginning of the season, Zimmer made three appearances and compiled a 9.00 ERA and 2:5 K:BB in two innings.

April 8, 2019 02:24 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Optioned to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 25, 2019 03:56 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Shines in spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

January 5, 2019 11:04 AM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Inks deal with Kansas City
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 7, 2018 05:44 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Returns to Kansas City
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 5, 2018 04:16 PM
Kyle Zimmer: Officially released by Royals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 3, 2018 02:24 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: May be released, brought back on MiLB deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Royals requested unconditional release waivers on Zimmer on Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of 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.

March 30, 2018 04:44 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 13, 2018 12:48 AM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Optioned to Omaha
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 8, 2018 12:17 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: To play in Friday's split-squad game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zimmer (arm) will make his spring debut Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of 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.

March 1, 2018 09:36 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Could see game action next week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

February 26, 2018 12:56 AM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Pursuing spot on Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zimmer looks to compete for a spot on the 25-man roster to open the season, Jeffrey Flanagan of 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.

January 29, 2018 06:20 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Arm feels healthy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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).

August 19, 2017 05:28 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Suffering from arm fatigue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zimmer is currently being listed as suffering from a fatigued arm, Jeffrey Flanagan of 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.

August 17, 2017 12:04 AM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Exits with trainer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 17, 2017 03:32 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Impressing management with fastball
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

June 23, 2017 09:40 PM
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Not on big-league radar
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

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