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Royals top prospect Kyle Zimmer starts his throwing program

Updated: 2014-02-26T23:20:47Z

By ANDY MCCULLOUGH

The Kansas City Star

— By completing one of baseball’s most basic acts, Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer took a step forward on Wednesday morning.

He played catch.

The activity marked the beginning of his throwing program, which was cut short during the winter because of a recurring bout of biceps tendinitis in his right arm. The team held him out of throwing drills for the first week of workouts. He threw at a distance of 45 feet on Wednesday, with a trainer nearby keeping an eye on him.

“It felt good,” Zimmer said. “My arm feels great.”

Zimmer, the team’s top prospect, will be capped at 150 innings this season, and the organization intends for him to make his big-league debut by midseason. But first he must get started. The team hopes he will open the season with one of its minor-league affiliates, but the Royals have not ruled out Zimmer remaining in camp for extended spring training at the outset of the year.

Zimmer was unsure what the next step in his process was. He does not expect to actually pitch off a mound “for a little while,” he said.

“I think they’re just going to tell me day by day what I’m doing,” he said. “So I don’t get too antsy, or get ahead of myself.”

To reach Andy McCullough, call 816-234-4370 or send email to rmccullough@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @McCulloughStar.

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