Joel Zumaya Suffers Career-Threatening Elbow Injury on 99-mph Fastball
During last night’s Detroit Tigers-Minnesota Twins game, a 99-mph fastball by Tiger reliever Joel Zumaya to Delmon Young may have been his last in the Big Leagues. A “pop” in Zumaya’s elbow was heard from as far away as homeplate, and after releasing the ball, the flamethrower fell to the ground, writhing in pain. From the video, it looks at least like a season-ending injury, if not a career-ending one, but we’ll find out more today after the MRI. It’s tough to watch, even for Young, who fouled off the ball and immediately just looks out at Zumaya in horror when he sees him on the ground in such pain. Zumaya’s teammates, coach, and trainer, meanwhile, can do nothing but rub the guy’s back. This is Zumaya’s fourth arm, shoulder, or hand injury in four years, a result of his high heat. The Tigers win 7-5. The video, if you can bare it, is after the jump.