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Joel Zumaya cleared to begin throwing program

Apr 7, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

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Tom Gage of the Detroit News brings us some good news about Tigers setup man Joel Zumaya.

Dr. James Andrews took a look at Zumaya’s ailing right elbow on Wednesday afternoon and found nothing structurally out of place, so the Tigers cleared him to begin a throwing program.

Zumaya will start with games of catch, then he’ll move on to bullpen sessions. He’ll finish up with a simulated game and a minor league rehab appearance or two. It’s a rehab schedule that should take around two weeks to complete.

“The scan showed good range of motion, good strength, and Joel has been allowed to begin a light-toss program,” Tigers trainer Kevin Rand said Thursday. “He’ll throw at 60 feet for the next 5-6 days, then report back to Dr. Andrews about how he feels. We’ll just have to see how it goes in the next week.”

The Tigers were hoping — and still are hoping — to use Zumaya as a seventh inning mainstay this season behind eighth inning setup man Ryan Perry and ninth inning closer Jose Valverde.

  1. Detroit Michael - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    I think they are hoping to have Benoit pitch the 8th inning set-up role, but that’s tangential to your main point.

  2. derpdederpdederp - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    in a related story, joel zumayas right arm has fallen off and he has been placed on the 60-day DL

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