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.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.