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.
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”