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'Distraught' Zumaya facing career's end

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08:25 AM ET 02.27 | The Twins, seeking to upgrade their bullpen, rolled the dice with one-time flame-throwing Joel Zumaya. They began to look forward to games in which Zumaya would enter in the eighth inning, throw some fastballs that approach 100 miles per hour, strike out batters and then hand the ball to closer Matt Capps. Those moments will never materialize, as Zumaya on Sunday was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament that will force him to miss the entire 2012 season. In order to pitch again, Zumaya will need Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery. But Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said Sunday that Zumaya is "distraught" and is deciding whether he wants to go through another lengthy rehabilitation or end his career.

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February 27, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Blew out his elbow, not a good sign for a pitcher who doesn't have an injury history. For Zumaya though, yes, it probably ends his career unless he becomes a knuckleball pitcher.

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February 27, 2012  08:45 AM ET

It's too bad for him.

February 27, 2012  09:26 AM ET

Good night, Joel. We hardly knew ye.

February 27, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Unless he wants to have a Dave Dravecky moment on the mound he might want to hang it up....sad but true.

February 27, 2012  09:52 AM ET

Maybe he should stop playing Guitar Hero for awhile, you know, and see if it heals up ;)

February 27, 2012  09:53 AM ET

Poor guy.

February 27, 2012  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Blew out his elbow, not a good sign for a pitcher who doesn't have an injury history. For Zumaya though, yes, it probably ends his career unless he becomes a knuckleball pitcher.

I say pay a visit to Mr. Wakefield.

February 27, 2012  10:10 AM ET

I love it when he game into the game.He came in and throw BB'S and that was so cool.I feel bad for this great young man.

February 27, 2012  10:17 AM ET

Think Frank Tanana Joel

February 27, 2012  11:30 AM ET

...never saw this coming.

I know its jaded, I do wish Joel well. But man, I just think he is done.

February 27, 2012  01:13 PM ET

i guess its time for zumaya to retire, maybe itsn't something that he would liked but, there its nothing else to do, the arm and shoulder has being in bad and permanent shape,, time to move on and search a different type of career!!!

February 27, 2012  04:41 PM ET

It's never a good thing to hear that an injury has ended a player's career.

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February 27, 2012  07:19 PM ET

When ur arm turns to rubber? Yeah, he's done. The human body it seems just cant handle throwing 97+ MPH long term.

I thought he had TJ when he messed up his elbow, or am I wrong? Having it a second time aint worth it.

February 27, 2012  07:42 PM ET

Here's something to think about as far the human pitching arm is concerned...

???In the last 10 years Tommy John surgeries have increased by 700 percent in the amateur pitching market. Something is obviously wrong here.??? Rick Peterson

February 27, 2012  07:46 PM ET

If baseball would get out of the Stone Ages things like this wouldn't happen nearly so often. Why do all golf professionals have high-speed video of their swings, but no team seems to bother doing that with their pitchers? Everyone, including Zumaya, just shrugs like it's inevitable. Why was there so much talk about Tebow's terrible mechanics? Because people in the NFL bother to examine those things. Unless MLB and its clubs have a serious re-think we're going to be having this same pity-party for Strasburg in a couple of years. His mechanics are terrible, too, and it's just a matter of time.

February 27, 2012  09:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Here's something to think about as far the human pitching arm is concerned... ???In the last 10 years Tommy John surgeries have increased by 700 percent in the amateur pitching market. Something is obviously wrong here.??? Rick Peterson

If true, that's a frightening statistic.

February 28, 2012  07:30 PM ET

Stick a fork in him !!

 
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