Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya has been out all season with elbow problems. Once cleared to begin a throwing program, he shut it down due to renewed discomfort. Previous exams hadn't shown any structural damage in his elbow, but he was faced with a choice: he could either have exploratory surgery, or he could go the rest and rehabilitation route instead.
#Tigers say Joel Zumaya will have exploratory surgery on right elbow after all. That'll be May 10.
As of two weeks ago, expectation was that he'd have a tough time getting back in time for season if he had surgery.
The exploratory surgery may not turn up much of anything, or it may uncover a more substantial problem that eluded prior tests. Either way, it's going to be hard for Zumaya to return in the 2011 season. The Tigers should probably go ahead and count him out as a potential contributor down the stretch.