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Royals first-rounder Kyle Zimmer has ‘minor’ elbow surgery

Aug 24, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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Lucas Giolito isn’t the only first-round pick to need elbow surgery before his first pro season was over, as the Royals announced that No. 5 overall pick Kyle Zimmer had a “minor procedure to remove loose bodies in his right elbow.”

Zimmer is expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, which is a far cry from Giolito likely missing 12-18 months following Tommy John surgery, and the Royals issued a statement saying that the “procedure on Zimmer was anticipated based on physical exam during the draft process.”

Zimmer, who was selected out of the University of San Francisco and signed for $3 million, made nine starts with a 2.04 ERA and 42/8 K/BB ratio in 40 innings between rookie-ball and low Single-A. Not bad for a guy with “loose bodies” in his elbow that entire time.

  1. sportsdrenched - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    May mean a lot, might mean nothing. However, I would just prefer 1st Round draft picks not have surgery on their throwing elbows. I mean after all, the Royals track record of developing pitching is outstanding…..ly bad.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    I wander how big a mans elbow has to be to have “loose bodies” floating around in it!

  3. sharpie147 - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    The Royals have had 4 pitchers go down with TJ surgery this year. Maybe they should just get the inevitable out of the way with Zimmer.

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