- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

GLENDALE, ARIZ. (AP) - Kansas City Royals right-hander Julio Pimentel will be out at least six weeks with an elbow injury and possibly the season, if surgery is required.

The Royals say Pimentel has a non-displaced bone spur fracture in his pitching elbow. The bone spur is close to the ulnar collateral ligament.

Manager Trey Hillman says the 23-year-old is waiting for a second opinion on whether he needs surgery.

The Royals announced the news on Monday.

Pimentel is one of Kansas City’s top pitching prospects. He suffered the injury while throwing a pitch Friday against Hank Blalock of the Texas Rangers.

Pimentel was acquired in a 2006 trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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