Joel Zumaya to undergo Tommy John surgery this month

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From MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger comes word that Joel Zumaya has decided to have Tommy John surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right (pitching) elbow and will undergo the reconstructive procedure by the end of this month.

Zumaya suffered the UCL tear after throwing 13 pitches in his first bullpen session of the spring.

He was signed to a one-year, $850,000 major league contract in January. But because he did not make the Opening Day roster, the Twins will only have to pay $400,000 of that whether they release him or place him on the 60-day disabled list.

Zumaya has informed the Twins that he is going to try his best to return from the surgery, but it will take at least 12 months of rest and rehab, and he could struggle to attract free agent interest next year.

Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle could miss three weeks

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The Yankees announced a few minutes ago that reliever Tommy Kahnle has biceps and shoulder tendinitis. The prescription: no throwing for about 10 days. Manager Aaron Boone thinks Kahnle will miss about three weeks in total.

Kahnle was placed on the disabled list the other day following a series of subpar outings characterized by a drop in his fastball velocity. He’s allowed seven runs — five earned — on four hits and has issued eight walks in seven and a third innings. He’s clearly not the same guy he was last season when, following his trade to New York from Chicago, he put up a 2.70 ERA and struck out 12.2 batters per nine innings in 32 games.