Joel Zumaya Done For Year With Torn UCL

Reclamation project Joel Zumaya tore his UCL very early in spring training, and now he'll have Tommy John surgery and miss the season.

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Joel Zumaya Will Have Tommy John Surgery, Says Report

Joel Zumaya isn't the only guy who's ever thrown a hundred miles per hour, but he's one of the more well-known members of the group. He's known for his ability to throw really hard, and he's known for his unfortunate injury-proneness. His latest injury: a torn UCL, suffered early in spring training. While torn UCLs sometimes present a choice between rehab and ligament replacement, reports say Zumaya will go with the latter:

Tommy John surgery will end Zumaya's 2012 season before it got a chance to begin, and as Passan alludes to, there's a chance this could also end Zumaya's career. He's had so much trouble staying healthy that this might've been the last straw. He might decide that his body's trying to tell him he's not supposed to pitch.

We'll see what Zumaya decides. In the meantime, here, be heartbroken:

On Feb. 19, the first day of workouts for pitchers at catchers, Zumaya threw a 40-pitch bullpen session and was brimming with confidence.

"If I didn't have confidence, I never would have got signed," he said. "Going through all this, I had to let it go as the past. I'm coming in as a fresh beginning, and I'm ready to go."

I don't know Joel Zumaya personally, but I know there are few people on whom I would wish Zumaya's situation.


Joel Zumaya Injury: Torn UCL Ends Comeback Attempt

Joel Zumaya's comeback attempt has been cut short in spring training. The hard-throwing right-hander will miss 2012 with an elboy injury.

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