Zumaya already injures elbow?

Earlier today, newly acquired reliever Joel Zumaya was throwing batting practice to Twins hitters.  Members of the media seemed to be impressed saying he was “throwing quite hard”.

Not long after that a flood of tweets came in saying Zumaya cut the session short and walked off the field with Twins head trainer Rick McWane.  Neither Zumaya or the Twins commented, but early reports are saying it appeared to be an elbow injury.

It was confirmed not long ago that Zumaya will undergo an MRI tomorrow to find out exactly what happened.  We should know more after the MRI tomorrow when Twins GM Terry Ryan will most likely talk with the media and give more information.

From 2007 and on, Zumaya has be oft-injured and has not thrown more than 38 innings in a season.  The Twins took a gamble and signed him to an incentive laden contract with the hopes he would be able to stay healthy and provide the bullpen with the power arm they have been missing for years.

I loved the gamble at the time, my only problem is the Twins did not do anything to provide insurance if Zumaya got injured.  Quality right handed relievers were signing for around $1 million at the time and the Twins easily could have upgraded the bullpen and provided good relief in case Zumaya was injured.

It will be interesting to see what the MRI shows tomorrow, until then we will just have to wait and hope this isn’t a major set back for him.


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