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Twins release Joel Zumaya

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins released right-hander Joel Zumaya, the club announced Wednesday.

Zumaya tore his ulnar collateral ligament on Feb. 25 while throwing a live batting-practice session on a practice field at the Lee County Sports Complex.

Zumaya, 27, is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday. Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation in Pensacola.

It will be his third operation on his elbow, as he had surgery after fracturing his elbow while pitching for the Tigers against the Twins on June 28, 2010, and had follow-up surgery last year that forced him to miss the ’11 season.

It’s the latest setback for Zumaya, who has been through a plethora of injuries since coming up with the Tigers as a rookie sensation in 2006, when he posted a 1.94 ERA with 97 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings.

Since that rookie season, Zumaya has dealt with a finger injury that forced him to miss 96 games in 2007, a shoulder injury in ’08 that cost him 72 games and another shoulder injury in ’08 that caused him to miss 41 games before undergoing shoulder surgery in ’09.

Zumaya is set to earn only $400,000 of the one-year, $850,000 deal he signed this offseason because he failed to make the Opening Day roster.

With the move, the Twins have 38 players on their 40-man roster.

Zumaya elects to have Tommy John surgery

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Joel Zumaya informed the Twins he will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow at the end of the month, assistant general manager Rob Antony said today.

Zumaya tore his ulnar collateral ligament on Feb. 25 while throwing a live batting practice session on a practice field at the Lee County Sports Complex.

Zumaya, 27, was debating whether to have the surgery and attempt another comeback or retire, but ultimately decided to go with the operation with Dr. James Andrews. But Zumaya has yet to decide if he’ll rehab with the Twins or on his own.

“We haven’t figured all that out yet,” Antony said. “We just talked to his agent last night. He just called me and said that after thinking about it that he’d like to see Dr. Andrews and he’d like to have the surgery at the end of March. I spoke with [head trainer] Rick McWane this morning and he’s going to set it up with Dr. Andrews tomorrow.”

Zumaya has been plagued by injuries since his rookie season with the Tigers in ’06, as he has missed time with a finger injury that forced him to miss 96 games in 2007, a shoulder injury in 2008 that cost him 72 games and another shoulder injury in ’08 that caused him to miss 41 games before undergoing shoulder surgery in ’09.

This will be his third operation on his elbow, as he had surgery after fracturing his elbow while pitching for the Tigers against the Twins on June 28, 2010, and had follow-up surgery last year that forced him to miss all of last season.

As of now, Zumaya is still on the club’s 40-man roster. The Twins have until Opening Day to decide to release him or place him on the 60-day disabled list. He’s set to earn only $400,000 of the one-year, $850,000 deal he signed this offseason because he failed to make the Opening Day roster.

“We haven’t done anything with the roster spot,” Antony said. “We don’t have to do anything until Opening Day. In fact, you can’t place a player on the 60-day DL in less you’re making a corresponding move and need that roster spot. The only way he’d be a free agent immediately is if we release him but we haven’t discussed that yet.”

Either way, Antony said the Twins are on the hook for the surgery and rehab.

“We’re responsible for it,” Antony said. “He got hurt pitching for us so we’ll take care of all the medical expenses and rehab and everything.”

Day 10: Twins hold day of review

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins reviewed everything they’ve gone over so far in camp today, as they prepare for Thursday’s “B” game against the Red Sox on Thursday at Hammond Stadium.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said right-handers Nick Blackburn and Scott Baker will each throw an inning during that game, but he wouldn’t reveal the other seven pitchers he plans on using. Garenhire said he’ll announce the other pitchers tomorrow, but I expect it to be young pitchers such as Liam Hendriks or non-roster invites.

The Twins also still haven’t announced who will start their Grapefruit League opener against the Rays on Saturday, but Francisco Liriano said he’s slated to pitch Sunday in one of the split-squad games against the Red Sox or Rays.

Liriano threw his third live throwing session — against Justin Morneau, Danny Valencia and Drew Butera — and fared well, as he worked on locating his fastball while mixing in five sliders. But he made a couple of mistakes, as he plunked Valencia on the shin with a fastball and served up a homer to Morneau on another fastball.

But Liriano said he’s feeling great, and is looking forward to making his first start on Sunday.

Other notes from today:

– Joel Zumaya has yet to inform the Twins whether he will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair his torn ulnar collateral ligament, according to general manager Terry Ryan: “I have not heard from Joel Zumaya and I don’t know if that will be in the next day or two or in a week,” Ryan said. “I don’t know if his agent will call us or if he’ll call me and give us his decision. But I’m still waiting.”

– Valencia said he was fine after getting hit by Liriano’s errant fastball. He iced his shin after the workout, but appears to be OK.

– Gardenhire on his office at Hammond Stadium: “We’re working on it. We’re going to remodel here pretty soon. We’re going to a smaller brick (laughs). Eventually we’re going to remodel. I’m just happy I’ve got a new chair. I think Boston sold a lot of their stuff so we bought some of it.”

Here are some videos of Liriano throwing a bullpen and Morneau facing Liriano in a live batting practice session.

And here are photos from today’s workout:

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:

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.

Day 7: Zumaya’s injury dampens day

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was supposed to be just another day of full workouts at the Lee County Sports Complex, but it all changed after just 13 pitches from right-hander Joel Zumaya.

Zumaya, throwing live batting practice for the first time this spring, felt discomfort in his right elbow and cut his throwing session short.

He’s scheduled to have an MRI tomorrow morning, and we should get the results by tomorrow night or Monday morning, according to Twins general manager Terry Ryan.

The Twins are hopeful he just broke up some scar tissue — similar to what Joe Nathan experienced last year before he came back even stronger after a stint on the DL — but considering his injury history, there’s a reason to be concerned. Worst-case, Zumaya will need Tommy John surgery, which he’s never had done despite his lengthy list of injuries.

Speaking of Tommy John surgery, Twins GM Terry Ryan shared some positive news about prospect Kyle Gibson, who had the surgery done on Sept. 7. Ryan said he expects Gibson to be back in action this summer, which means he’s recovering at a good rate considering most pitchers need about 12 months to come back after the surgery.

“He’ll pitch this summer,” Ryan said. “I think we anticipate him pitching this summer. In fact, I don’t think, I know. It’s not anything different than the schedule.”

Other notes from today:
– The Twins are trying to get Ben Revere to bunt more this year, as he squared up to bunt just 15 times last year in 481 plate appearances, recording four hits and three sacrifices. He’s been working with Jerry White and Rod Carew to improve his technique.

– Former shortstop Trevor Plouffe is working out with the outfielders, as he prepares to become the club’s fourth outfielder. He’ll also get some work in the infield soon, but the Twins are more worried about getting him comfortable as a corner outfielder.

– Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he’s impressed by Danny Valencia so far in camp, as he worked hard to improve his fielding. “He’s way better,” Gardenhire said. “He’s bent over, he’s going to the ball low. As he told me, that was an adjustment. That was a big adjustment for him, because he’s so used to standing up and going after a ball and having to go all the way back down to the ground.”

– Ryan praised both catcher J.R. Towles and infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce, as they were both former top prospects with the Astros and Pirates, respectively, before signing Minor League deals with the Twins this offseason. Towles will get a fair shake to battle Butera for the third catcher spot, while Pearce will get a shot as a utility player who could see time at first base, outfield and third base.

– Alexi Casilla is bothered by a sore calf, but has been participating in the workouts with no problems. Luke Hughes, who has a strained right shoulder, still can’t throw yet, but has been fielding grounders all over the infield.

Here’s video of Zumaya throwing to Justin Morneau shortly before his injury.

And here’s photos from today’s workouts, including of Zumaya before his injury:

Zumaya cuts throwing session short

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Twins right-hander Joel Zumaya cut his throwing session short and walked off the field with head trainer Rick McWane on Saturday.

Zumaya, who was throwing a live bullpen session against Drew Butera, appeared to suffer an elbow injury.

Zumaya declined to speak with reporters after meeting with trainers. He’s scheduled to get checked out by team doctors this afternoon.

We’re scheduled to meet with GM Terry Ryan shortly to get an update from the doctors.

Zumaya hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2010, and missed all of last season after undergoing elbow surgery during Spring Training.

UPDATE: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Zumaya is expected to get an MRI tomorrow. We’re meeting with Terry Ryan at 1:30 P.M. ET.

Twins officially begin Spring Training workouts

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins held their first official workout of Spring Training today, as pitchers and catchers performed a variety of drills at the Lee County Sports Complex.

The day started with the eight catchers on the roster meeting with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire before the pitchers worked on fielding practice on two different fields. All of the 33 pitchers invited to camp also threw off the mound in the bullpen. And the catchers finished the day by taking batting practice.

“A lot of people, a lot of bodies, a lot of pitchers,” Gardenhire said. “Good participation, everybody was running around. I didn’t go down and see the position players down on the other fields, but they looked like they were doing their thing, and the pitchers were all into it, so it’s just always nice to get back out on the baseball field.”

Other notes from today’s action:

– Joe Mauer got through the day just fine, as he worked with pitchers while they participated in fielding drills, caught about 90 pitches in bullpen sessions with Carlos Gutierrez, Brendan Wise and Jason Marquis and took batting practice.

– Twins GM Terry Ryan said that none of the 33 pitchers in camp have any health problems that will limit them in camp. Right-hander Joel Zumaya will be monitored closely after missing all of last year after undergoing elbow surgery, but threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session without any problems.

– Shortstop Brian Dozier is day to day after cutting his left hand, and is restricted from swinging for the next few days. Infielder Luke Hughes (shoulder) likely won’t start swinging the bat until next week.

– The Twins announced a new policy this season, as all injury updates will come from general manager Terry Ryan or assistant general manager Rob Antony instead of manager Ron Gardenhire.

And here are a bunch of photo’s from today’s first official workout:

Joel Zumaya’s contract info

MINNEAPOLIS — It’s been widely reported that Joel Zumaya’s one-year deal with the Twins is worth $800,o00 with incentives that could push it to $1.8 million, but here are the full details of his contract.

Zumaya is actually set to make $850,000, but is only guaranteed $400,000, which means that’s how much the club will pay him if they decide to cut him during Spring Training. Zumaya, however, only has to prove his healthy, as he’s nearly a lock to make the team as long as he doesn’t get hurt.

He has bonuses based on appearances, as he gets $50,000 for pitching in 30 games, $50,000 for 35 games, $100,000 for 40 games, $125,000 for 45 games, $150,000 for 50 games, $200,000 for 55 games and $250,00 for 60 games.

Zumaya’s career high in games pitched is 62, which was set in his rookie season in 2006. Since then, however, Zumaya has only reached the 30-game mark once, which was in 2010 when he appeared in 31 games.

But if he were to stay healthy and pitch in more than 60 games, he’d make an additional $900,000, which would bring his salary to $1.75 million.

Additionally, he would receive $25,000 for being named an All-Star, $50,000 for being the ALCS MVP and $100,000 for being World Series MVP.

He’d also get $100,000 for winning the Rolaids Relief Man Award. He’d receive $75,000 for a second-place finish, or $50,000 for a third-place showing.