Bad News for Joel Zumaya

This certainly isn’t good news for Tigers fans, but MLive’s Steve Kornacki is reporting that Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya is still suffering from soreness and discomfort around his forearm and surgically-repaired elbow.

Zumaya has stated a preference of not discussing the set-back, which first surfaced last week. At the time, we were told that scar tissue around the screw that had been inserted into his elbow had broken away. It was said that the scar tissue had been expected to break and that it would be a matter of days before Zumaya could resume throwing. Those days have strung out a bit longer than expected and Zumaya has undergone an MRI and has been seen by physicians, but nothing out of the ordinary has been found.

Now, it appears, Zumaya will see another doctor.

It is not known if he’ll return to see Dr. James Andrews, as pitching coach Rick Knapp referred the question to head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. Rand declined comment on the situation.

While it has to be encouraging that the doctors he’s already seen haven’t found any issues, and more so that the MRI revealed nothing of concern, the pain is still there. Zumaya has made one appearance in Grapefruit League action thus far, but his next outing won’t happen until he’s pain-free, so says Rand.

When that might happen in anyone’s guess, it appears.

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