Joel Zumaya Injury Video: Detroit Tigers Pitcher Suffers Awful Injury
The injury plague that has ruled Detroit Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya's career struck again Monday night.
The reliever threw a pitch with one out in the eighth inning that Minnesota Twins outfielder Delmon Young fouled off.
Zumaya's right arm went limp after the pitch and he fell to the ground, writhing in pain. His right thumb shook as trainers examined him.
The video shows a pitcher in so much pain he can barely walk off the field.
A Career Full of DL Time
Once regarded as one of the best up-and-coming closers in the game with 100 mph heat, Zumaya has had one injury after another since making 62 appearances in his rookie year in 2006.
A finger injury limited him to 28 appearances in 2007, followed by right shoulder issues the next two seasons that also kept him under 30 appearances.
The Catcher Heard A Pop
Zumaya had an MRI Monday night and was in a sling in the Tigers clubhouse after the game. The exact nature of the injury is not known yet, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters that he believed it to be serious.
Tigers catcher Gerald Laird told reporters that he heard a pop and was afraid to go to the mound fearing the worst.
Zumaya will be further evaluated today.