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Joel Zumaya threw for more than 50 scouts today

Dec 14, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

Detroit pitcher Zumaya injures arm after pitching to Twins Young during their MLB baseball game in Minneapolis

Joel Zumaya took a big step in his latest comeback today, throwing for scouts in Houston to show he’s recovered from a fractured elbow that’s kept him out since mid-2010.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that “more than 50 scouts” were in attendance, passing along word that Zumaya threw 93-96 miles per hour.

One of the scouts there told Rosenthal that Zumaya “will get a job” based on the performance, although it remains to be seen if he can convince a team to give him a big-league deal.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    I can see both the Yankees and the Red Sox all over him. He has upside and is comparatively cheap. Both teams need help and are watching their pennies this year.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      Maybe, but then his shoulder will fall of or his elbow will explode and he’ll be done for the year. He has upside but he’s been injury prone for the last 5 years

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      To be the Yankee’s 5th inning guy? They have a pretty solid pen with Mariano, Robertson, Soriano and Chamberlain, plus a handful of other young guys capable of getting the job done. This is one area where I don’t think the Yankees need to throw dollars.

  2. sknut - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    That was one of the more freaky injuries out there when it happened. Hope he can come back he could make a nice low risk move for somebody.

  3. somekat - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    I could see a lot of team giving hims a chance as a set up guy (7th or 8th inning). I wouldn’t mind the Phillies taking a flier on him. Let him setup for Papplebom, if it doeosn’t work then go with……whatever the plan was before him, lol

  4. Old Gator - Dec 15, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    In that photo, it looks like he threw up for those scouts. Shades of Any Given Sunday.

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