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MRI reveals torn UCL in Joel Zumaya’s right elbow

Feb 26, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

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Bad news for Twins right-hander Joel Zumaya.

According to Phil Mackey of the Twin Cities’ ESPN 1500 AM, an MRI of the 27-year-old’s right elbow has revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Zumaya is done for the season, and could decide to hang up his cleats for good given the amount of arm troubles he’s already had in his young career. UCL tears are repaired through Tommy John surgery.

Zumaya signed a one-year, $850,000 major league contract with Minnesota in mid-January. The Twins will only be on the hook for $400,000 of that if they decide to go ahead and release him.

It’s an unfortunate turn of events for Zumaya, who was once considered an elite setup man.


UPDATE, 1:31 PM: Will Carroll of Sports Illustrated reports that Zumaya will be consulting Dr. James Andrews soon and is likely to require Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

  1. firstandonlywarning - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Anyone have a fork?

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Never in a million years did I see this coming.

    • ponsonbybritt - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      No, but maybe in a million nanoseconds.

  3. takingbovadasmoney - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Sad. This dude was fun as hell to watch when he came up to the big leagues., before his injuries.

  4. nflfollower - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Too bad for Zumaya. He was a lot of fun to watch back in 06′, and I wasn’t looking forward to him pitching against us in the AL Central. But you never want to see a guy hurt. He just had such a violent delivery, you wonder if the human elbow joint was meant for that kind of torque.

    • JBerardi - Feb 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      “you wonder if the human elbow joint was meant for that kind of torque.”

      His wasn’t.

  5. bobulated - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    He’ll get TJ and in ’14 we’ll be reading about him trying to catch on somewhere.

  6. philcokesbrain - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I just feel absolutely terrible for Joel, it must be awful being a Minnesota Twin.

  7. bohemyth586 - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    In other news… Water is wet.

  8. monkeyjuice313 - Feb 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    No fair, Drew. This is the exact same story I’ve read several times here in Detroit. You just copied and pasted! Seriously, Joel is fun to watch. I hope he finds a way to pitch again. I remember him blazing 2 100 mph fastballs to Pujols then throwing a hammer to buckle his knees. Find a way back, ZoomZoom.

  9. deathmonkey41 - Feb 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Slayer was right- God hates us all…except for Derek Jeter.

  10. randygnyc - Feb 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Nflfollower, I think the answer is self-explanatory.

  11. wintwins - Feb 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Easiest $400,000 ever.

    • JBerardi - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Yeah, there’s nothing easier than major re-construtive joint surgeries.

  12. greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Well, that a step in the right direction in the “run for one Hun (losses)”

  13. pitolove124 - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    I always thought Zumaya & Gred Oden were related…there’s definitely a slight resemblance.

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