Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer will have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is the new black, apparently. Matt Harvey underwent his surgery for it this week and now Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer will as well. He’s out for the year.

Zimmer was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft and was ranked as a top-25 prospect according to both Baseball America and MLB.com heading into the 2014 season. He experienced numerous arm problems that year, however, and had “minor” shoulder surgery in that October. He pitched well, primarily in relief, across two levels in 2015 but has only pitched sparingly this season. He turns 25 in September.

While the timeline for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery could have him back for spring training, recovery from it is unpredictable and it’s certainly going to cut into any offseason program Zimmer was going to pursue. Tough break for a kid who has had a few of them already.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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