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GM doubts Joel Zumaya is healthy enough to pass physical

Dec 27, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

Joel Zumaya injury

Joel Zumaya threw for a big group of teams earlier this month and reportedly topped out in the mid-90s with his fastball, leading to lots of optimism about the oft-injured reliever’s latest comeback.

However, an unnamed American League general manager told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that “our doctors don’t think he would pass the physical based on what they see.”

Zumaya hasn’t pitched since gruesomely fracturing his elbow in mid-2010, but physical exams can of course be waived and he may also decide to wait another month or two before signing anyway.

Whatever the case, if he’s throwing 95 miles per hour again and is willing to accept a minor-league contract some team will certainly take a flier on Zumaya, who despite all his arm problems is still just 27 years old and has never ceased being effective in between disabled list stints.

  1. trevorb06 - Dec 27, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    I would love to see the Twins take a cheap chance at this guy. Really, we got nothing to lose right now when it comes to our bullpen.

  2. Ben - Dec 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    So sad what’s become of his career. I always liked watching him pitch, even if he was pitching against us. I had this faint sense of dread every time he took the mound that this was the inning his body would implode, and unfortunately it was deserved.

    • flaviusflav - Dec 27, 2011 at 2:12 PM

      Assuming the “it was deserved” refers to the sense of dread you had rather than his body imploding?

      • Ben - Dec 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM

        Heh, yes. Subject/object confusion is never good for a sentence.

  3. hgfrombc2 - Dec 27, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    ‘However, an unnamed American League general manager told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that “our doctors don’t think he would pass the physical based on what they see.” ‘

    Don’t know about the rest of you but, personally, I’m tired of reading stories that contain “unnamed” sources. All I can, and will, assume is that Nick Cafardo made it up to meet a deadline.

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