Joel Zumaya to undergo MRI after abbreviated throwing session

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UPDATE: Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that the injury was to the inside of Zumaya’s elbow. The Twins will know the MRI results either tomorrow or Monday morning.

12:54 PM: Uh-oh. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Zumaya is scheduled to undergo an MRI tomorrow.

12:10 PM: Nothing official yet from the team, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Zumaya felt “something” in his arm and will get it checked out.

11:54 AM: It’s a little early to speculate, but given Joel Zumaya’s lengthy injury history, these Tweets from Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com are a bit concerning.

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Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com writes that Zumaya declined to speak with the media following the abbreviated throwing session.

Zumaya, 27, signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Twins in January after missing the entire 2011 season following major elbow surgery. According to Bollinger, the Twins will only have to pay him $400,000 if they decide to cut him during spring training due to injury.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.