Kyle Zimmer’s pitching career began with great promise. The Kansas City Royals used the 5th overall pick in the draft to select Kyle in 2012. Unfortunately, Kyle was beset by a number of upper extremity ailments. He was forced to undergo multiple surgeries, including surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in 2016.
So we can imagine his emotional fullness when he pitched his first major league inning for the Royals this Sunday. Kyle celebrated by hitting the mid-90s with his fastball, striking out two White Sox hitters, and pitching one shutout inning.
Kyle’s injuries included elbow surgery in 2012, biceps tendinitis in 2013, shoulder in 2014. shoulder soreness in 2015, 2017, and 2018, and thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in 2016. Given all this, it’s little surprise that Kyle did not throw a major league regular season pitch for 7 seasons. Until Sunday, when he finally demonstrated some of that great promise.
If you’d like to see video of Kyle’s first two major league strikeouts, swing over here.
We know it’s tough for elite athletes to come back from thoracic outlet syndrome and the surgery for it. But it’s certainly easy to root for this young man with the perseverance and his great attitude.
Kyle, we’re pulling for you!