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Joel Zumaya has torn UCL, is out for season

Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:39 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 5:18 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Saturday, oft-injured Twins relief pitcher Joel Zumaya had a bullpen session cut short when he felt something in his elbow. Unfortunately, it appears the news is as bad as it could be. An MRI revealed that Zumaya has torn the ulnar-collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed. For those unaware what this means, tearing the UCL means the pitcher will need Tommy John surgery in order to recover.

"He feels bad, I feel bad. Not the news I wanted to hear on Sunday morning," said Twins GM Terry Ryan (Dustin Morse on Twitter). "This is a 12 month thing."

So Zumaya's 2012 season is already over. In fact, one has to wonder how much more he can take before calling it a career. Since the 2007 season began, Zumaya has suffered a ruptured hand tendon, separated shoulder, a fracture in his elbow area and more. He only appeared in an average of 27 games from 2007-10 and missed all of 2011 after exploratory surgery in his elbow.

“He’s distraught, as you’d expect,” Ryan said (Associated Press). “He’s going to come in here in the next day or so and we’re going to talk about the immediate future for him.”

Zumaya stormed onto the scene as a rookie in 2006 for the Tigers when he was just 21 years old. He lit up the radar gun in triple-digit fashion with ease, even getting clocked up in the 104 miles per hour range. He had a 1.94 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings that season. He appeared ready to be one of the league's elite bullpen pitchers for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, he's never been able to stay healthy since.

The Twins signed Zumaya to a one-year, $850,000 contract this past offseason for bullpen depth. They will, however, only be on the hook for $400,000 since he won't be on the opening day roster. In a very short time, he already made a strong impression in the Twins' clubhouse.

“He looks like some monster out there pitching against you,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said (AP). “But you get him in your clubhouse and you realize there’s special people and he’s a special person and it’s a really sad day for him and his family and our baseball team, too, because we were all hoping this guy would be able to get back on this thing and make it through. Unfortunately it didn’t work out.”

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Comments

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:23 am
 

Joel Zumaya has torn UCL, is out for season

This is what happens when you put to much gas on every pitch.  this guy is always hurt, he a poor man's kerry wood.  in 2 years you'll see this same article about strausberg.  it just makes what justin verlander does all that more impressive.  throwing 100 mph every game and not getting hurt is very rare. 




Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:23 am
 

Joel Zumaya has torn UCL, is out for season

He should try to sue the makers of Guitar Hero!




Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:04 am
 

Joel Zumaya has torn UCL, is out for season

    It is a shame that Zumaya has such hard luck with injuries.  After that year he had in 2007, who knows how much he would have accomplished had he been able to stay healthy.  Hopefully, he can come back from this latest setback.



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:29 am
 

Joel Zumaya has torn UCL, is out for season

As a Tigers fan, it's sad to see him injured again since he always was a good guy. On the flip side, it's also a big relief to never have to see him pitch against the Tigers. He should be done. 



Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:45 am
 

Joel Zumaya has torn UCL, is out for season

No news here...still waiting on some real baseball news on him playing! He can throw over 100mph but you'll never see it...you'll just readabout it that he can throw that fast.



Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:13 am
 

Joel Zumaya has torn UCL, is out for season

At 400 grand it was a risk worth taking,and who knows?  many pitchers come back better than ever after Tommy John surgery.  Good luck Joel.



Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:13 am
 

Joel Zumaya has torn UCL, is out for season

At 400 grand it was a risk worth taking,and who knows?  many pitchers come back better than ever after Tommy John surgery.  Good luck Joel.


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Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:02 am
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Since: Jul 17, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:34 pm
 

Joel Zumaya has torn UCL, is out for season

Can't believe anyone would waste their money on Zumaya anyways.



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:08 pm
 

Joel Zumaya has torn UCL, is out for season

lol at the twins fan that thinks the twins will be any good this year. Best wishes to zumaya.


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