As we move into the top 10 on this year's top 60 prospect list, the Royals' emphasis on acquiring…
MRI delivers bad news to Royals, Pimentel
If the club ultimately opts to repair the elbow surgically, Pimentel could miss significant time. However, if physicians determine the injury can heal on its own without surgery, he could feasibly be back on the mound in a couple of months.
This setback is certainly unwelcome news for the organization. Pimentel, who is on the 40-man roster, is a young pitcher for whom the Royals have high hopes. After a dominant campaign in Wilmington in 2007, Pimentel spent the entire 2008 season with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, where he was 7-13 with a 5.38 ERA and 115 strikeouts in a career-high 157.1 innings pitched. Before the injury, he was likely slated to return to Double-A this season.
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