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.
The Mets told Jay Bruce that the club plans on having him open the season as the everyday right fielder, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. This comes as no surprise after the Mets failed to get any bites after dangling Bruce as a trade chip. The Mets reportedly wanted a pair of prospects in exchange for Bruce.
With Bruce in right, Yoenis Cespedes back in left, and Curtis Granderson in center, Michael Conforto appears to be the odd man out. He’ll either warm the bench or head back to Triple-A Las Vegas for regular at-bats.
Bruce, who turns 30 years old in April, had a rough final two months of the 2016 season after joining the Mets in a trade from the Reds. He hit a paltry .219/.294/.391 with eight home runs and 19 RBI in 187 plate appearances. Bruce, apparently, wanted to go anywhere but in New York.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have inked outfielder Eric Young, Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Young, 31, played in just six games and logged one plate appearance in the majors this past season with the Yankees. He last played regularly in 2014. While Young doesn’t do much with the bat, he could provide value as a pinch-runner. He also offers versatility, having played all three outfield positions along with second base.
The Angels have Ben Revere as their fourth outfielder and Jefry Marte behind him, so Young would need to have a very impressive showing in spring training to find a spot on the Angels’ roster.