Minnesota TwinsDownload App

Minnesota Twins Reliever Joel Zumaya out for the Season

Zeke FuhrmanAnalyst IIIJuly 30, 2016

Terry Ryan's Joel Zumaya experiment is over before it really got started.

The former Detroit Tiger and often-injured flamethrower left a bullpen session on Saturday after experiencing uncomfortableness and inflammation in his right elbow. Tests today revealed that Zumaya has a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which will require Tommy John surgery.

Zumaya, who signed a one-year contract with the Twins after missing the entire 2011 campaign due to a broken elbow, was brought in to help shore up a depleted Twins bullpen that saw All-Star closer Joe Nathan sign with the Texas Rangers.

Zumaya, who has suffered many injuries in the past, will no doubt try to come back from this one. After breaking a bone in his elbow throwing a pitch at Target Field in June 2010, Zumaya told reporters that he is a hard worker and would come back from that injury.

"Maybe I'll start throwing lefty," Zumaya joked in 2010.

But this injury is no laughing matter. After a career filled with ruptured tendons, sore wrists from playing Guitar Hero, and falling boxes separating his shoulder, injuries are nothing new to Zumaya. And Tommy John surgery is nothing new to Minnesota Twins fans.

Since 2004, the Twins have had four pitchers tear their UCL: Joe Mays in 2004, Francisco Liriano in 2006, Pat Neshek in 2009, and Joe Nathan in 2010.

The Twins announced early Sunday morning that Zumaya will meet with the media to announce what he intends to do: undergo surgery and try to extend his once-promising career or to retire.

Zumaya has a career 13-12 record with a 3.05 ERA and 210 K since breaking into the big leagues in 2006. He is most famous for his ability to hit triple digits on the radar gun.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices