MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 28: Manager Jim Leyland #10 speaks with Joel Zumaya #54 of the Detroit Tigers who clutched his elbow after falling to the ground in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins during their game on June 28, 2010 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Zumaya left the game. Tigers defeated the Twins 7-5. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Joel Zumaya Sidelined For Rest Of 2010 With Elbow Fracture

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Joel Zumaya Has A Fractured Elbow; Will Miss Rest Of 2010

If anyone thought that Joel Zumaya might've torn an elbow ligament on Monday night, you can put those concerns to rest. However, that doesn't mean he's out of the woods. Quite the opposite:

Zumaya has a non-displaced fracture of olecranon (tip of elbow) and he will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. #mlb

A few notes from SB Nation Detroit on Zumaya's injury:

[Phil] Coke also said that watching Zumaya's injury was the third time he has seen somebody's elbow explode.

Tigers catcher Gerald Laird was asked about Joel Zumaya during an interview after the conclusion of tonight's game and said that he heard a pop when Zumaya got hurt.

This isn't quite like when Jay Powell or Tony Saunders broke their arms while pitching, but it's still extraordinarily unfortunate, and the hope now is that Zumaya can bounce back yet again to get his career on track in 2011.


Joel Zumaya Placed On 15-Day DL, Will Have Elbow Exam Today

After witnessing the horrible pain suffered by Joel Zumaya on Monday night, it was clear that he wasn't going to be pitching for awhile. The Tigers took the first step in confirming this on Tuesday, placing him on the 15-day DL. His pitching elbow is likely seriously injured, so expect Zumaya to go on the 60-day DL at some point.

Detroit called up right-hander Casey Fien from Tiple-A Toledo to take Zumaya's spot in the bullpen. 

Zumaya is scheduled to have an exam on the injured elbow at some point Tuesday. We'll have any results from that posted here as soon as they're available. 


Video: Joel Zumaya Injures Arm Throwing Fastball

Major League Baseball isn't much for having footage reproduced, but while we can't upload video, we can upload .gifs. I should warn you that these are not easy to watch.




Zumaya's season is almost certainly over. Concerns now are about his career.


Joel Zumaya Seriously Injured During 8th Inning Appearance

Ace Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya, who entered play Monday with a 2.63 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 37.2 innings, seriously injured himself throwing a pitch against Delmon Young. After throwing the pitch, Zumaya flailed his right arm around before kneeling over and grimacing. As the coaches and training staff came out, Zumaya's forearm was twitching, and two trainers helped him walk off the field as he held his elbow.

Zumaya has been plagued with injuries before, but never to his elbow. If this is serious - and all indications are that it is - it will deal a big blow to the Tigers' playoff chances, and a bigger blow to Zumaya's career, which finally seemed back on track.

Read more over at Bless You Boys and the Detroit regional.

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