Royals righthander Kyle Zimmer will be shut down for the final two and a half weeks of the season as he recovers from what the organization described as “minor shoulder stiffness.”
Zimmer already was scheduled to return to classes at the University of San Francisco after the season ended, so his next pitching activity will come when he begins working out in preparation for the 2014 season.
Zimmer was pulled after two perfect innings in his start on Aug. 14 when he told the Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ staff that he felt stiff. Zimmer already had been skipped in the rotation once and had another start pushed back to give him eight days between outings. The Royals say Zimmer’s workload already was within the range of innings they had projected him to throw this year, so they will skip his final three starts of the season.
Zimmer, a first-round pick (fifth overall) in 2012 out of San Francisco, saw his 2012 season end early as well, as he had bone chips removed from his right elbow at the end of the season. This year, Zimmer started off very slowly at high Class A Wilmington. He was 1-7, 5.98 after a rough outing on June 23. But from there on, Zimmer made a dramatic turnaround. He went 5-2, 1.85 over his final eight starts with 25 hits allowed, 63 strikeouts and 8 walks in 43 2/3 innings pitched.