Joel Zumaya to miss rest of season

Updated: May 5, 2011, 12:05 AM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya will have surgery on his right elbow Tuesday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

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Team trainer Kevin Rand said before Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees that Dr. James Andrews is scheduled to operate on Zumaya in Florida. The Tigers won't have a more definite timeline for Zumaya's recovery until after the surgery.

Widely considered one of the hardest throwers in baseball, Zumaya hasn't pitched since breaking a bone near his elbow on June 28, 2010. The right-hander has tried to work through the latest problem without surgery but realized the lack of progress made surgery his best option.


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