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Joel Zumaya

  1. Twins release Joel Zumaya ahead of Tommy John surgery, must pay entire $850,000 salary

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Joel Zumaya is scheduled to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery tomorrow, but he won’t do so as an official member of the Twins after Minnesota released the oft-injured right-hander this morning. Minnesota could have simply transferred him to the 60-day disabled list and cleared the 40-man roster spot that way, which is generally more common…

  2. Michael Wuertz to hold tryout for teams next week

    Mar 13, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Michael Wuertz is one of the few intriguing pitchers still left unsigned and his lengthy injury history has no doubt scared teams off, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the reliever will hold a tryout next week. According to Wolfson the Twins are among the teams expected to attend, which makes sense because they…

  3. A tribute to Hideki Okajima, the 17th best reliever of all-time

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Well, by one measure anyway. After failing his physical with the Yankees, Hideki Okajima returned to Japan over the weekend, signing with the Softbank Hawks. He’ll bring with him the 17th best ERA+ among all major league relievers to throw at least 200 innings: 1. Mariano Rivera – 206 2. Takashi Saito – 199 3.…

  4. Joel Zumaya to undergo Tommy John surgery this month

    Mar 4, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger comes word that Joel Zumaya has decided to have Tommy John surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right (pitching) elbow and will undergo the reconstructive procedure by the end of this month. Zumaya suffered the UCL tear after throwing 13 pitches in his first bullpen session of…

  5. Joel Zumaya hasn’t decided if he’ll retire yet

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The last time Joel Zumaya threw a baseball in a game that mattered was June 28, 2010.  Given his injury over the weekend, if he does so again, it won’t be until 2013 at the earliest. Facing yet another rehab has to seem horrifying to the guy, so it would be totally understandable if he…

  6. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Haven’t done one of these in a while, but a lot of stuff happened over the weekend for once. And I know a lot of you knuckleheads are too lazy to scroll back, so here’s what you missed: MLB released a statement on the Ryan Braun testing and stuff.  Oh, and the identity of the…

  7. 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…

  8. Joel Zumaya to undergo MRI after abbreviated throwing session

    Feb 25, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that the injury was to the inside of Zumaya’s elbow. The Twins will know the MRI results either tomorrow or Monday morning. 12:54 PM: Uh-oh. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Zumaya is scheduled to undergo an MRI tomorrow. 12:10 PM: Nothing official yet from the team, but Jon…

  9. Twins, Joel Zumaya agree to terms on one-year deal

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Forget about the Red Sox and Padres. According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, the Twins have signed reliever Joel Zumaya to a one-year contract that could be worth anywhere between $800,000 and $1.7 million, depending on the right-hander’s ability to hit certain performance incentives. Zumaya missed all of the 2011 season due to elbow surgery and…

  10. Red Sox, Padres “pushing hard” for reliever Joel Zumaya

    Jan 15, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Free agent reliever Joel Zumaya worked out in front of 50 scouts from 20 different MLB teams last month. And he clearly made a positive impression. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox and Padres are among a group of major league clubs “pushing hard” to sign Zumaya. The 27-year-old right-hander…

  11. GM doubts Joel Zumaya is healthy enough to pass physical

    Dec 27, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  12. Joel Zumaya threw for more than 50 scouts today

    Dec 14, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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

  13. Joel Zumaya will throw for teams in two weeks, unlikely to re-sign with Tigers

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Joel Zumaya hasn’t appeared in a big-league game since his elbow exploded mid-pitch on June 28, 2010, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured right-hander “is scheduled to throw a mound session for interested teams” two weeks from now in Houston. Plenty of promising young pitchers have had their careers derailed by arm…

  14. Joel Zumaya is one more injury from “finding another job”

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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

    Joel Zumaya is hoping to be fully recovered from his latest significant arm injury in time for spring training, but the flame-throwing right-hander told Jason Beck of MLB.com that his next injury would probably be his last one: I’m trying to make some believers. This year’s going to be my make-it-or-break-it year. If I get…

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