May 4, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT
Two weeks ago the Tigers announced that Joel Zumaya was opting for rehab rather than surgery, but unfortunately those plans have changed.
Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Zumaya will undergo “exploratory” elbow surgery next week and while there won’t be a timetable for his recovery until after he’s under the knife the assumption is that he’ll miss the entire season.
Zumaya has amazingly maintained his triple-digit fastball throughout a litany of elbow and shoulder injuries, but you have to wonder how many more times he can come back from a lengthy rehab throwing gas. He had a 1.94 ERA in 82 innings as a rookie in 2006, but in the five seasons since then he’s logged a total of just 126 innings and Zumaya hasn’t taken the mound since gruesomely fracturing his elbow last June 28.
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