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Sunday, February 26, 2012

MRI reveals torn UCL in Joel Zumaya’s right elbow

I used to be a reliever… then I took an arrow in the elbow.

Bad news for Twins right-hander Joel Zumaya.

According to Phil Mackey of the Twins 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.. Zumaya signed a one-year, $850,000 major league contract with Minnesota in mid-January.

The District Attorney Posted: February 26, 2012 at 02:55 PM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Eugene Freedman Posted: February 26, 2012 at 05:07 PM (#4069120)
And this surprises who exactly? At least a shelf didn't fall on him this time.
   2. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: February 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM (#4069148)
And this surprises who exactly? At least a shelf didn't fall on him this time.


The Onion expected a little more.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: February 26, 2012 at 06:12 PM (#4069159)
And this surprises who exactly?


maybe the Twins
   4. Lassus Posted: February 26, 2012 at 06:25 PM (#4069163)
Good work on the signing, though, Joel.
   5. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: February 26, 2012 at 06:50 PM (#4069181)
I used to be a reliever… then I took an arrow in the elbow.


We can't all be the Dragonborn, you know.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 26, 2012 at 09:23 PM (#4069235)
I thought he would last at least two weeks.
   7. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: February 26, 2012 at 09:34 PM (#4069237)
Did the doctors happen to remove that giant fork sticking out of his back?
   8. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM (#4069268)
It didn't do my UCL any favors either when I decided I was going to 5-star everything on Expert level in Guitar Hero: Metallica.
   9. SteveF Posted: February 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM (#4069303)
It didn't do my UCL any favors either when I decided I was going to 5-star everything on Expert level in Guitar Hero: Metallica.


Wouldn't it have been easier just to learn how to play the guitar?
   10. boteman Posted: February 27, 2012 at 02:28 AM (#4069342)
Did the doctors happen to remove that giant fork sticking out of his back?

After they removed both of the forks already stuck in his eyeballs.

Maybe we need a Most Injured Player award?
   11. Tuque Posted: February 27, 2012 at 02:33 AM (#4069344)
That Onion blurb is great.
   12. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 27, 2012 at 09:09 AM (#4069402)
Maybe we need a Most Injured Player award?

he still has a ways to go to break Mike Hampton's record
   13. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 27, 2012 at 09:12 AM (#4069405)
he still has a ways to go to break Mike Hampton's record

I assumed the MIP award would have been named after Nick Johnson.

Edit: Holy crap. Nick Johnson is still going (signed to a minor league deal with Baltimore).
   14. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: February 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4069466)
I'm a Tigers fan. Am I a bad person for laughing at this?
   15. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: February 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM (#4069470)
I'm a Tigers fan. Am I a bad person


Yes.
   16. Brian White Posted: February 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM (#4069484)
I used to be a reliever… then I took an arrow in the elbow.


You see that reliever from Minnesota? He throws a curveball.

Curve. Ball.
   17. Who Swished In Your Cornflakes? Posted: February 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM (#4069487)
Zumaya considering retirement now. Relevant quotes from MLB.com:

"That's going to be a family decision," Zumaya said. "Right now, perspective is probably not. I know I'm young, but I'm going to probably be going on six surgeries if I get another one. I'm only 27 years old and I've taken a lot of wear and tear on my body, especially my arm, and then rehab -- it's a lot out of you. So I have a little 2 1/2-year-old; maybe it's time to move on. I'm a pretty dang good fisherman, so I might pursue professional fishing."


"Like I said from the beginning, I believe 100 is overrated," Zumaya said. "People that throw as hard as me, you're injury-prone. It's hard, man. I guess you're not meant to throw a baseball as hard as I do."
   18. Blastin Posted: February 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM (#4069506)
Anyone know how much money he's banked?
   19. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM (#4069513)
Anyone know how much money he's banked?

B-Ref has career earnings of $4.2M.

He probably should try to stick around to pad his pension, if nothing else.

DL time counts as MLB service.
   20. Blastin Posted: February 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM (#4069558)
I sure hope he's a damn good fisherman then.
   21. CrosbyBird Posted: February 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM (#4069564)
B-Ref has career earnings of $4.2M.

That sounds like a lot more money than it really is. You have to figure that he ended up with maybe $2.5-3M after taxes, and now he's 27 years old with a family and no source of income, and practically no marketable skills. And medical problems.
   22. DL from MN Posted: February 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM (#4069577)
If he makes a comeback and squeezes out 4 years to fully vest his pension he probably doubles his lifetime earnings.
   23. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 27, 2012 at 01:10 PM (#4069595)
At this point though I can't see teams giving him any more guaranteed money. I was frankly surprised the Twins guaranteed him money.
   24. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 27, 2012 at 01:14 PM (#4069602)
"People that throw as hard as me, you're injury-prone. It's hard, man. I guess you're not meant to throw a baseball as hard as I do."


Nolan Ryan points at his aching bunion and nods sagely.
   25. Ron J Posted: February 27, 2012 at 02:56 PM (#4069713)
#12 Steve Ontiveros is an awfully strong contender. I can't say for sure he was hurt in 1982, but it sure appears likely. He seems to have made at least one DL trip (or have been unsigned because of injury concerns) every year between 1983 and 2001. Pretty good when healthy enough to pitch.
   26. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: February 27, 2012 at 03:37 PM (#4069742)
I'm a Yankees fan. Am I a bad person

Yes.


Fixed.
   27. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 27, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4069761)
I used to be a reliever… then I took an arrow in the elbow.


Zumaya has already had two elbow surgeries, two shoulder surgeries on his right arm. The only thing that can cure him now is a large diagonal cut from left shoulder.

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