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Joel Zumaya opts for rehab rather than exploratory surgery

Apr 21, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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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.

  1. gwylie1 - Apr 21, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    got to love pitchers that want to post triple digit mph but could care less about mechanics. guess what happens then. career over

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