Zumaya unsure about future
FORT MYERS, Fla. — A day after learning he tore his ulnar collateral ligament, Twins right-hander Joel Zumaya said he still hadn’t decided whether he’ll undergo Tommy John surgery to continue his career.
Zumaya, 27, has already undergone two elbow surgeries, two shoulder surgeries and finger surgery since making his debut with the Tigers in 2006, and simply isn’t sure if he wants to undergo another one. And even if he does get the surgery, he’s still not sure if he’ll try to make yet another comeback.
“That’s going to be a family decision,” Zumaya said. “Right now, perspective is probably not. I know I’m young, but I’m going to probably be going on six surgeries if I get another one. I’m only 27 years old and I’ve taken a lot of wear and tear on my body, especially my arm, and then rehab — it’s a lot out of you. So I have a little 2-and-a-half-year-old; maybe it’s time to move on. I’m a pretty dang good fisherman, so I might pursue professional fishing.”
Zumaya, who tore the ligament while throwing a curveball to Drew Butera during his first live throwing session of the spring on Saturday, said he expects to inform Twins general manager Terry Ryan of his decision soon.
“My mind isn’t quite clear yet,” Zumaya said. “I went home, tried to make a decision — I’ve got my family here with me — but it’s a tough decision, so I’m going to go on within the next day or two and make a decision. I spoke to Terry and told him that I’ll probably give him a call within the next 24 hours to determine if I’m going to get cut up or not.”
Zumaya met with Ryan early this morning to talk about his options regarding the surgery. If he decides to have the operation, he could rehab near his home in Orlando or at the club’s Spring Training complex in Fort Myers.
As of now, Zumaya is still on the club’s 40-man roster, as the Twins could opt to release him or place him on the 60-day disabled list. Only $400,000 of the one-year, $850,000 deal he signed this offseason is guaranteed.