Zumaya Has Torn UCL, Out For Season

An MRI today reavealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament for Joel Zumaya, tweets Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN. Twins GM Terry Ryan confirmed to reporters, including Chris Girandola of MLB.com, that Zumaya will miss the 2012 season. According to Ryan, Zumaya will decide in the next couple of days whether or not he'll undergo Tommy John surgery.

The Twins signed the oft-injured flamethrower to a low-risk Major League deal that guaranteed Zumaya $850K if he broke camp with the team. Because of the injury, the Twins are only on the hook for $400K of that figure. Mackey writes that Ryan says the Twins will stay in-house to fill the void in their bullpen and that Zumaya is "distraught."

The 27-year-old Zumaya owns a career 3.05 ERA in 209 2/3 innings of work with a 9.0 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9. It's hard not to feel for Zumaya, who hasn't pitched since June of 2010 and was looking to revive his career as a member of the Twins.


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74 Comments on "Zumaya Has Torn UCL, Out For Season"


ObamaDinoKiller
3 years 6 months ago

Big surprise!

It’s a damn shame though. he was nasty when he was healthy 6 years ago. so now he’s out til the end of next year if he doesn’t retire.

OaklandFan22
3 years 6 months ago

haha that sucks

Cosmo3
3 years 6 months ago

 You stay classy

BattingThird_Number34
3 years 6 months ago

…like Oakland.

3 years 6 months ago

Of course the Twins will look in-house.  They cannot spend the couple hundred thousand to pick up a quality arm.  No one should be shocked that he already hurt himself after the early comments of him lighting it up this early on in camp.

BeisbolJunkie
3 years 6 months ago

He is a walking Injury. It all started with “excessive playing of Guitar Hero”

BeisbolJunkie
3 years 6 months ago

He is a walking Injury. It all started with “excessive playing of Guitar Hero”

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

Feel horrible for the guy. Can’t imagine how frustrated he is right now.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

I was hoping the Tigers would have shown interest and made his comeback there.. But now? it don’t really matter..

The career that could have been..

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

I’d imagine he calls it a career at this point. Shame. 

Spectro
3 years 6 months ago

I’ll bet he tries Tommy John before he retires.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

Maybe try it three times! It worked for Kuo (for a little)

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

Feel horrible for the guy. Can’t imagine how frustrated he is right now.

$22264602
3 years 6 months ago

13 pitches was all it took , i have a feeling this guy would still tear ligaments left and right even if he was under handing it

yankschamps09
3 years 6 months ago

I wish I got $400K for sitting out of work for a year

monster55
3 years 6 months ago

and then be forced to retire because of said injury instead of making much more money? It’s not like he’s out for the year with the flu.

TheHotCorner
3 years 6 months ago

True but it is hard to feel sorry for any ball player considering how much many of them have made even in a few years and how long it would take the average person reading these forums to make that much.  I am guessing most of us would be willing to switch spots.

Expos '94 World Champs
3 years 6 months ago

In other news, water is wet.

3 years 6 months ago

That’s a shame. I was really looking forward to watching him pitch this season, to see if he can get his career back on track. 

Spectro
3 years 6 months ago

He gets hurt in spring training or he gets hurt during the regular season.  Either way, he gets hurt.

3 years 6 months ago

He once got hurt in the playoffs

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t believe he did.

3 years 6 months ago

2006 ALDS.

0vercast
3 years 6 months ago

Didn’t think this day would come so soon.  Aside from the fact he just made $400k for a week of workouts, I feel bad for the guy.  I really wanted to watch him succeed with the Twins, and not just for the Twins sake.  I like the guy.
“Zumaya lasted just 13 pitches in his first session of live batting practice Saturday before walking off the mound with pain in his elbow.”

James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

Too bad, I really liked the guy. He was exciting to watch, even in times when he was not performing well. But this is pretty much a career ender; especially if he undergos TJ surgery. If he does the surgery, he’s looking at a year before he can even begin throwing again plus a year of reahbbing after that. That’s simply too long out of the game when added to what he has already missed.

Apparently his body just was never properly conditioned for the amount of stress he was putting on it throwing so hard. Pity.

Lucas Kschischang
3 years 6 months ago

Deja Vu?

3 years 6 months ago

Is Zumaya a Hispanic clone of Mark Prior?

Cosmo3
3 years 6 months ago

Prior immediately popped into my head too, parallel story. Two guys who could have been HOF’ers, but only because of the injury bug, are instead hardly more than footnotes in baseball history.

3 years 6 months ago

Joel Zumaya the HOF’er out of the bullpen? Lets slow down

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

Zumaya is from California.

3 years 6 months ago

But he is still of Hispanic descent

tacko
3 years 6 months ago

What will it take for a US-born minority to be considered American before anything else?

tacko
3 years 6 months ago

What will it take for a US-born minority to be considered American before anything else?

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

And Arabic, if I’m not mistaken.

Motor_City_Bombshell
3 years 6 months ago

I’m sorry, but I kind of laughed when I saw that he exited after throwing just 13 pitches this spring, and it results in a season-ending injury. This guy doesn’t know when to hang it up, and I’ve seen this far too often with him. It’s even more painful for me to see him keep trying to come back than it is for me to see him get shut down for the year, because one always results in the other. I really hope he realizes sooner rather than later for his sanity that his arm just can’t hold together in the way that he wants to throw the baseball. This guy needs to shut it down, I think his arm will thank him later. I feel so bad for the guy, but it’s just getting way too old.

TheBigNice
3 years 6 months ago

Can’t blame the guy for trying to earn some money, at least. This was it for him though, no more guaranteed contracts, at least not in the MLB. I imagine he’ll go ahead with tommy john, even if he never throws another pitch, so that his arm is fixed up enough for everyday life without pain. Man, what a bizarre injury history…

tiger313
3 years 6 months ago

Nothing compares to when he broke his elbow during the game and you could hear it pop on the FSD broadcast.

Vin23
3 years 6 months ago

Yes it sucks he is hurt but come on. It is easy for me to not feel sorry for him. He is earning $400,000 to recover from non life threatening injury when a lot of people are still without jobs? People who feel sorry for him have their priories out of order.

3 years 6 months ago

I can feel sorry for him AND also feel sorry for the people out of work, or terminally ill, etc.  Human compassion is not a zero-sum game…

Vin23
3 years 6 months ago

I never said or implied that human compasion is a “zero-sum game”. I said feeling sorry for someone with an injury that causes manageable pain and has not prevented him from providing for himself or his family is, in my opinion, misguided. People deal with similar, or worse, injuries everyday. The difference is they do not make six figures, some cannot even afford to go to a doctor. I feel for poeple like Ryan Dempster and Trevor Miller who have children that are fighting for their lives, not a 27 year old whose realistic outlook is that he might not play baseball again.

Vin23
3 years 6 months ago

I never said or implied that human compasion is a “zero-sum game”. I said feeling sorry for someone with an injury that causes manageable pain and has not prevented him from providing for himself or his family is, in my opinion, misguided. People deal with similar, or worse, injuries everyday. The difference is they do not make six figures, some cannot even afford to go to a doctor. I feel for poeple like Ryan Dempster and Trevor Miller who have children that are fighting for their lives, not a 27 year old whose realistic outlook is that he might not play baseball again.

3 years 6 months ago

Feel bad for him. Great pitcher, just can’t stay healthy. Waste of 400K for the Twins. He’s still young, and Tommy John Surgery is something pitchers can return from. He’ll get an opportunity when he comes back.