Joel Zumaya May Miss Start Of Season; No Structural Damage In Elbow

Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya hasn't pitched for more than a week, as he's been dealing with elbow soreness. Stunning news, I know. Zumaya's had hand surgery, elbow surgery, and multiple shoulder surgeries, and he and stints on the disabled list seem to go hand in hand.

Zumaya's spent the last little while undergoing tests and talking with doctors, and the good news to come out of all this is that there's no structural damage to be found in Zumaya's elbow. There aren't any bone problems, or ligament problems, or severe inflammation or anything.

But while that seems to rule out a major injury, the joint is still uncomfortable, so the Tigers are going to shut Zumaya down for two weeks in an effort to get him feeling better. And that period of inactivity puts Zumaya's Opening Day status in serious jeopardy. Zumaya shouldn't miss much of the season with his current problem, but he's highly unlikely to be ready by the start of it.

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