Day 9: Zumaya speaks, Twins hold workout
FORT MYERS, Fla. — I was relaxing on the beach on Sanibel Island when I saw the news yesterday that Joel Zumaya tore his ulnar collateral ligament and will be out for the year.
I was enjoying a rare day off during Spring Training, but couldn’t help but feel bad for Zumaya, who has suffered just about every injury imaginable to his right arm.
Zumaya certainly didn’t have to talk to reporters this morning, but stood at his locker and spoke candidly about how he’s considering retiring at just 27 years old because of all the injuries he’s suffered since bursting onto the scene in 2006 with the Tigers.
If he decides to get Tommy John surgery it’ll be his sixth major operation, as he already has had two elbow surgeries, two shoulder surgeries and finger surgery.
He’s proved to be a great guy in the short time he’s been with the Twins, and I wish him nothing but the best no matter what he decides to do.
He was again the major story at camp, but here are some other notes from today:
– Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the club will use tomorrow as a review day to go over just everything they’ve done so far in camp. He said he’ll also likely hold a situational game on Wednesday to work on things like relays, baserunning and will even have the pitchers take simulated inning breaks.
– Gardenhire said he’ll also announce tomorrow who will be pitching in Thursday’s “B” game against the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium. It should feature plenty of non-roster pitchers.
– Gardenhire added that Ben Revere has noticeably improved his arm strength after working hard this offseason. Revere said he started throwing footballs long distance to help make that improvement.
– The Twins do not plan to follow suit with the Red Sox’s plan of banning beer in the clubhouse: “It’s the Boston Red Sox,” Gardenhire said. “I don’t worry about their policies and they don’t worry about ours I’m sure. Every club has their own policies. We have ours. We’ve been pretty good about things, and if that continues, we’ll be fine. And if it doesn’t continue, then we’ll get pissed off.”
Here are some videos of Joe Mauer and Denard Span taking BP
And here are photos from today’s workout: