Zimmer (back) reported to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday for a rehab assignment.
The 29-year-old landed on the shelf May 1 with a strained left trapezius, so he should only need a couple outings at Triple-A before rejoining the Royals. Zimmer had a 3.38 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 12:5 K:BB over 13.1 innings prior to suffering the injury.
Zimmer (back) will throw a bullpen session Friday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
The 29-year-old landed on the 10-day injured list with a left trapezius strain last weekend, so his relatively quick return to mound work is a good sign. Zimmer is eligible to return from the injured list Tuesday, but may need a little more time to build his arm back up before being activated.
Zimmer was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left trapezius strain Saturday.
Zimmer had allowed no hits and two walks while striking out three in 2.2 scoreless innings across his last three appearances. It's not yet clear when Zimmer will be cleared to return. Right-hander Jake Newberry was recalled to take Zimmer's place in the bullpen.
Zimmer (2-0) picked up the win in relief Wednesday, pitching a scoreless two-thirds of an inning but walking two.
Zimmer replaced Mike Minor in the fifth after the left-hander gave up a two-run double to Todd Frazier and closed things out effectively, but he walked two in the following frame and recorded just one out before departing the contest. That was enough to get the win, though, and Zimmer has now logged three straight scoreless appearances in relief.
Zimmer pitched a perfect sixth inning with one strikeout to earn a hold in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Tigers.
Zimmer was the first reliever in the game for the Royals after Danny Duffy logged five scoreless innings. The 29-year-old Zimmer continued the trend with his second scoreless outing in a row after he gave up four runs to the Rays on Tuesday. The right-hander has a 3.55 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 12:3 K:BB across 12.2 innings this season. He's picked up one save, two holds and a win in 10 outings.
Zimmer allowed four runs on five hits in one inning during Tuesday's 14-7 loss to the Rays.
Zimmer allowed a pair of two-run singles to Manuel Margot and Yoshi Tsutsugo in the sixth inning, which all but ended any chances of the Royals making a comeback Tuesday. The 29-year-old Zimmer had allowed just one run in his previous seven outings. His ERA ballooned to 4.22 as a result of the poor frame, and he now also sports a 0.94 WHIP and 9:3 K:BB in 10.2 innings. The right-hander has one win, one save and a hold in eight outings.
Zimmer (1-0) earned the win in relief Sunday against the Blue Jays after tossing a scoreless inning with a strikeout.
Zimmer entered the game after Brady Singer tossed a six-inning scoreless outing, and he pitched a scoreless seventh while tossing nine of his 15 pitches for strikes. That was enough for him to get the win since Salvador Perez got the Royals on board shortly after with a two-run blast. The 29-year-old righty has not given up a run in six of his seven appearances this season and has posted a sterling 0.93 ERA through 9.2 innings in 2021.
Zimmer allowed one run on a hit and a walk with no strikeouts in 1.2 innings to earn a hold in Thursday's 7-5 win over the Blue Jays.
Zimmer entered the game with one out in the sixth inning after Jake Newberry was only able to retire one batter. The 29-year-old went on to give up a solo shot to Vladimir Guerrero in the seventh. With a 1.04 ERA and 0.58 WHIP across 8.2 innings, Zimmer has been effective in a versatile bullpen role. He's not likely to see much high-leverage work early in the season, but he could earn more trust if he continues to do well.
Zimmer pitched a perfect 10th inning with two strikeouts to earn the save in Sunday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the White Sox.
The Royals had already used five relievers to get through the previous five innings, leaving Zimmer as one of the few options to lock down the save. He's done well in a versatile role this year, as he's allowed just one hit and two walks with seven strikeouts across 6.1 innings. The right-hander still isn't expected to see high-leverage assignments -- Sunday's save was the first of his major-league career.
Zimmer allowed a hit and a walk and struck out two over three innings in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Rangers.
Zimmer worked the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. He did well to keep a clean line, though the Royals' comeback never materialized. Zimmer has allowed just three baserunners over 3.2 innings across two outings to start 2021. The 29-year-old right-hander seems to be a versatile option in the Royals' bullpen, but he's not expected to work in high-leverage assignments.
Zimmer (elbow) is listed among the Royals' available bullpen options for Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Cubs, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Zimmer looks poised to see his first competitive action since Sept. 22, when he was diagnosed with right elbow ulnar neuritis following an appearance against St. Louis. With a long offseason to recover from the injury, Zimmer looks to be back to full strength for spring training. The 29-year-old right-hander is expected to work in a middle-relief role with Kansas City to begin 2021.
Zimmer was placed on the 45-day injured list Wednesday with right elbow ulnar neuritis.
The right-hander exited Tuesday's contest after experiencing a "zinger" in his right arm, and he'll miss the rest of the season as a result. It's unclear how long the injury is expected to sideline him. Zimmer finishes the season with a 1.57 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 26:10 K:BB across 23 innings.
Zimmer left Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals with what manager Mike Matheny called a "zinger" near his right hand, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander apparently dealt with a similar issue earlier in the season, though it was minor and didn't require a trip to the injured list. Zimmer underwent testing after leaving the contest, and the results showed no major cause for concern. The team likely will show extreme caution for the final five games of the season with no hopes of making the playoffs.
Zimmer (1-0) picked up the win in relief Saturday, giving up one hit and one walk over 2.1 innings as the Royals downed the Pirates 7-4. He struck out one.
The right-hander entered the game after Carlos Hernandez lasted three innings in his first big-league start, and when Kansas City took the lead in the fifth, Zimmer was rewarded with his first career big-league win. He's been very effective in long relief this year, posting a 1.35 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 21:9 K:BB through 20 innings, but at present he doesn't seem likely to work his way into a higher-leverage role.
Zimmer recorded five outs in relief in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Indians, giving up no hits and walking one while striking out three during the 25-pitch appearance.
Though the Royals have seemingly pulled the plug on developing the 2012 first-round pick as a starting pitcher, Zimmer has settled in nicely as a multi-inning relief option for Kansas City. Through his 12 appearances spanning 17.2 frames, Zimmer owns a 1.53 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 20:8 K:BB. The Royals have thus far preferred to use him in middle relief rather than in high-leverage spots, as he has no holds or saves to his name.
Through three outings (one start) this season, Zimmer has given up one run on five hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings.
After making a two-inning start July 28 versus the Tigers, Zimmer has since moved back into his normal relief role with the Royals getting Jakob Junis and Brad Keller back from the COVID-19 injured list. Zimmer ended up being needed in relief in the Aug. 1 loss to the White Sox and made his longest appearance to date, covering three scoreless frames. Though the right-hander doesn't look like he'll factor into the Royals' unsettled closer situation, his prior starting experience in the minors should make him one of the team's preferred multi-inning arms out of the bullpen.
Zimmer allowed one earned run on one hit and one walk while striking out one across two innings Tuesday against the Tigers. He did not factor into the decision.
Zimmer was needed as a starter with both Brad Keller and Jakob Junis on the COVID-19 injured list, but it was known before his outing that he would be in for a limited workload. After a clean first inning, Zimmer worked out a jam in the second frame. He came back out to start the the third inning, but hit the first batter prior to being pulled and was ultimately charged after the runner came around to score. Both Keller and Junis have a chance to join the rotation once they can get more stretched out, and the return of either would likely bounce Zimmer back to a bullpen role.
Zimmer will start Tuesday against the Tigers but will throw approximately 50 pitches, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Zimmer will get the call with Brad Keller and Jakob Junis still on the COVID-19 injured list, but he won't handle a true starter's workload, so this could wind up resembling a bullpen game. Zimmer has appeared once already this season, striking out three batters in one inning in a bullpen appearance Sunday. He gave up 22 runs while recording an 18:19 K:BB in his 18.1-inning debut last season.
Zimmer was added to Kansas City's 30-man roster Thursday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Zimmer likely would have opened the 2020 season in the minors had it not been for expanded rosters. Seeing as the right-hander struggled to a 10.80 ERA and 18:19 K:BB in his big-league debut last season (18.1 innings), he'll likely fill a low-leverage role during his sophomore campaign.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|04/28||@ PIT||W 9-6||1||0.2||0||0||2||0|
|04/25||@ DET||W 4-0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/23||@ DET||W 6-2||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|04/20||vs TB||L 7-14||1.0||5||4||0||0|
|04/18||vs TOR||W 2-0||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/15||vs TOR||W 7-5||1.2||1||1||1||0|
|04/12||vs LAA||L 3-10||0.2||0||0||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AFX-Kane County Cougars||29.2||6||6||0||2||3||0||29||8||34||2.47||1.438|
|2013||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||89.2||18||18||1||4||8||0||113||31||80||4.84||1.244|
|2013||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||18.2||4||4||0||2||1||0||27||5||11||1.98||0.879|
|2014||R-Idaho Falls Chukars||4.2||6||5||0||0||0||0||5||4||5||2.14||2.143|
|2015||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||48.0||15||7||0||2||5||3||51||14||42||2.81||1.167|
|2016||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||4.2||2||2||0||0||1||0||9||4||3||2.14||1.667|
|2016||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||1.0||1||1||0||0||1||0||2||2||1||0.00||3.000|
|2017||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||32.2||20||2||0||0||0||3||34||16||35||5.87||1.584|
|2017||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||4.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||6||0||6||2.25||1.500|
|2019||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||54.0||37||12||0||2||4||1||52||33||46||4.33||1.463|