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Tigers' Zumaya will see hand specialist
By DOUG TUCKER, AP Sports Writer
May 6, 2007

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Detroit reliever Joel Zumaya had a heavy bandage on his painfully swollen middle finger Sunday and was headed for New York for an appointment with a hand specialist.

The hard-throwing right-hander, whose fastball has been clocked at 100 mph, described the sensation as a "shocking pain" and said he had no idea how long he might be out after incurring the freakish injury while warming up Saturday night.

"I thought maybe my knuckle cracked. I went to a curveball and I couldn't even grip the ball," he said. "I threw another fastball and it popped again, and a sharp pain ran through my finger. I called down and said, `I need a trainer quick."'

Neither Zumaya nor Tigers manager Jim Leyland had any idea Sunday how long he might be out. A key member of the staff that took the Tigers to the World Series last year, Zumaya was 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA this year following a slow start. He was put on the disabled list Saturday night with what was described as a sprained right middle finger.

Zumaya said he would see Dr. Charles Melone on Monday in New York.

"I just want to go up there and get the word," he said. "It's really swollen right now. I have a sharp pain. The word's going to come tomorrow. Hopefully, it'll be a good one. I'm kind of frustrated right now."

Leyland said he was not sure what he would do to rearrange the pitching staff.

"I'll mix and match," he said. "No. 1, what we want to do is try to find out the significance of the injury and then make a decision on somebody that would be a longer term or a shorter term guy. If this thing is more significant, which I'm assuming it probably is, then we'll weigh all our factors on how we re-establish our pitching staff, whether we bring up a starter or go a different way with a reliever."

Right-hander Aquilino Lopez was called up after Zumaya went on the DL. Lopez allowed two runs and two hits in 1 1-3 innings in the Tigers' 13-4 win over Kansas City on Sunday.

"It's discouraging, but hopefully it's not as bad as people think it is," Zumaya said. "It's a freakish injury. Even the trainers are like, `I can't believe that's possible.' But I have a lot of torque and a lot of whip in my wrist and my finger."


First Kenny Rogers. Now Joel Zumaya. Not to mention that Mike Maroth is struggling mightily coming back from last years injury. This is starting to not look so good.


May 6th, 2007, 11:44 pm
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I agree Billy. Luckily, that is what we got Mesa for. Injuries happen to all teams and I love Leyland's attitude toward this. I truly believe JL will get us over this hump.

I just pray that the xrays don't show too much damage :shock:

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May 7th, 2007, 11:46 am
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We'll be ok... at least it's not his shoulder or elbow... We'll weather the Roger's storm and it will help insure him from burning his old rectum out... (Though he did look damn good at the end of last year... I was at the WS game he pitched at, and won)...


May 7th, 2007, 12:09 pm
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RUT ROE RAGGY :!:

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Tigers RHP reliever Zumaya out for 12 weeks
May 7, 2007

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (TICKER) -- The Detroit Tigers on Monday learned that they will have a hole in their bullpen for about 12 weeks.

Following an examination by Dr. Charles Melone in New York, the Tigers announced that reliever Joel Zumaya has a ruptured tendon in his right middle finger.

Dr. Malone is scheduled to surgically repair Zumaya's finger on Thursday and the righthander will be out for 12 weeks.

Injured while warming up Saturday night in the bullpen, the fireballing reliever of the Detroit Tigers landed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.

Known for a fastball that can reach 100 miles per hour, Zumaya was warming up in the eighth inning of Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals when he stopped and left the game while holding his right hand to his side.

The absence of Zumaya will leave a major hole in the Tigers' bullpen. Zumaya is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in 17 1/3 innings this season.

As a rookie in 2006, Zumaya was 6-3 with a 1.94 ERA and one save, helping Detroit to the world championship. He struck out 97 batters - most by a Tigers reliever since Willie Hernandez in 1984 - and third most among American League relievers in 2006 - in 83 2/3 innings.


May 7th, 2007, 10:48 pm
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3 months is definitely the worse case scenario. Hopefully, some of the other bullpen guys will step up and fill his shoes.

On a side note, we have won 8 in a row!! Best winning streak by any team in the majors so far this season :D

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May 9th, 2007, 9:34 am
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I feel your pain, TAD, but the worst case scenario is definitely exhibited by the words: Francisco Liriano. :wink:

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May 9th, 2007, 8:21 pm
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The paper today said he has "jersey finger." It is usually contracted by football players who get their fingers stuck in somebodys jersey while trying to make a tackle. Apparently it is unheard of to put that much pressure on one tendon while throwing a ball. Pretty good indication of Zumaya's arm strength.

Zumaya also said that the doctors told him his tendon very well could grow back stronger, so thats some good news.

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