Bad news for Twins right-hander Joel Zumaya.
According to Phil Mackey of the Twin Cities’ ESPN 1500 AM, an MRI of the 27-year-old’s right elbow has revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
Zumaya is done for the season, and could decide to hang up his cleats for good given the amount of arm troubles he’s already had in his young career. UCL tears are repaired through Tommy John surgery.
Zumaya signed a one-year, $850,000 major league contract with Minnesota in mid-January. The Twins will only be on the hook for $400,000 of that if they decide to go ahead and release him.
It’s an unfortunate turn of events for Zumaya, who was once considered an elite setup man.
UPDATE, 1:31 PM: Will Carroll of Sports Illustrated reports that Zumaya will be consulting Dr. James Andrews soon and is likely to require Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.