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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/22||vs STL||L 0-5||1.0||2||1||0||2|
|09/20||@ MIL||L 3-5||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|09/15||@ DET||L 0-6||1.0||1||0||1||1|
|09/12||vs PIT||W 7-4||1||2.1||1||0||1||1|
|09/08||@ CLE||W 8-6||1.2||0||0||1||3|
|09/04||vs CHW||L 4-7||1.0||2||1||0||1|
|09/02||vs CLE||L 0-5||2.0||1||0||0||2|
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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|