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Joel Zumaya shut down for “at least” one week with more elbow problems

Mar 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Dr. James Andrews provided a second opinion on Joel Zumaya‘s injured elbow and confirmed that there’s no structural damage, but the Tigers announced that the oft-injured reliever will be shut down for “at least” one week.

Zumaya has said–perhaps more out of frustration than fact–that he’d give serious thought to retiring if he suffers another significant arm injury, so in a sense the visit to Dr. Andrews provided some good news.

Still, there’s no official timetable for his return and every setback, however minor under normal circumstances, stands out as a potential major roadblock for a pitcher with as many arm problems as Zumaya.

  1. BC - Mar 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    He’s toast.

    • fuggles7 - Mar 8, 2011 at 10:26 AM

      And you’re a chipwich!

      • BC - Mar 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM

        Takes one to know one. Nyah! ;-)

  2. dodger88 - Mar 8, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    I’d say the odds are not in his favour. With this much damage already, I struggle to see him being able to put together one full season never mind several. Too bad becuase he is great when healthy. Here’s hoping he beats the odds.

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