Apr 21, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT
Joel Zumaya said this offseason that he might retire if faced with another arm surgery, so not surprisingly the oft-injured Tigers reliever has opted to try rest and rehab rather than undergo exploratory surgery on his elbow.
Surgery likely would have ruled Zumaya out for this season, whereas in theory at least rehabbing gives him some chance of pitching in 2011.
He’ll be shut down for at least six weeks, at which point he’ll try throwing again and move on from there. Even if everything goes well, Zumaya is looking at a July return as the best-case scenario and eventually going under the knife remains a strong possibility.
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