Minnesota Twins Release Joel Zumaya
MINNESOTA- The Twins have just released a statement that they are releasing pitcher Joel Zumaya.
This is a touch break for Zumaya who will require Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his pitching elbow. The injury occurred during a live practice after he started to feel pain after 13 pitches.
He was thought to be on the comeback trail after having not appeared in the Bigs since June of 2010.
Zumaya, 27, is known for his rocket arm that can generate a 100 MPH fastball. How this surgery will impact his velocity is anyone’s guess.
The power ball is his calling card, so once he resumes pitching the question now becomes will he work to develop a wider arsenal of pitches?
That answer will have to wait until 2013 or beyond. If at all as Zumaya has hinted at retirement in recent statements.
“I’m only 27 years old. I’ve taken a lot of wear and tear on my body, especially my arm, and then rehab, and it just mentally takes a lot out of you.”
His deal with the Twins will at least net him $400,000.