Leyland: Zumaya doubtful for Opening Day

The news on the injury front was pretty good today. It’s believed Jeremy Bonderman felt fine this morning after his camp game outing Saturday. Rick Porcello would not have been available today after all, but they’re written him in for his next turn on Friday. Marcus Thames is improving.

Then there’s Joel Zumaya.

No, there’s no additional setback on Zumaya. In fact, the Tigers put him on a medication pack that they hope will relax the muscle cramp between his shoulder and neck after a couple of days.

The issue now, according to Leyland, is the timetable for getting him ready for the season once he’s cleared to throw.

I doubt very much whether he’s going to be ready for Opening Day unless something happens in a hurry,” manager Jim Leyland said. “That’s just the way it is. I only say that because he really hasn’t pitched for two years. If he had been pitching the last two years and then had a little setback like this, he might be able to get himself ready. But when a guy hasn’t pitched for that long, let me put it this way: It’s in the gray area now, unless something happens.”

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  1. Santiago, 2B
  2. Thomas, DH
  3. Larish, 3B
  4. Kelly, 1B
  5. Raburn, RF
  6. Clevlen, CF
  7. Ramirez, LF
  8. Treanor, C
  9. Everett, SS

PITCHING: Alfredo Figaro (remember, no Porcello today), Fernando Rodney, Juan Rincon, Scott Williamson, Zach Simons and Fu-Te Ni


  1. Lastings Milledge, CF
  2. Cristian Guzman, SS
  3. Ryan Zimmerman, DH
  4. Nick Johnson, 1B
  5. Josh Willingham, LF
  6. Ronnie Belliard, 3B
  7. Javier Valentin, C
  8. Ryan Langerhans, RF
  9. Anderson Hernandez, 2B

PITCHING: Collin Balester, Gustavo Chacin, Wilfredo Ledezma, Garrett Mock, Steven Shell


JASON – I noticed that Brandon Inge was taken out after only a couple at bats yesterday, and not playing today. Is there anything wrong or is he just getting a breather???
Zumaya that is disappointing, but not a shock I guess

He’s getting a breather. Leyland said the other day that he’s going to be getting those for a little while, as will Everett and Polanco. They’re among the few regulars who aren’t off to the World Baseball Classic, and they’ve played quite a bit at times. Inge played the entire game or close to it once or twice over the past week, and that isn’t something Leyland necessarily likes to do at that stage of Spring Training.

Is Bonderman going to have enough time to get ready for pitching in Toronto that first week of the season. He’ll probably only get about 3 or 4 starts before that time. Is that enough.

Also, what about the players in the WBC, are they going to get enought at-bats to be ready? Granderson’s not playing and Guillen and Ordonez really aren’t hitting much. When all get back next week they’ll probably only have 11 games left to play. Will that be enough?

alschu1 – my opinion to your question regarding the guys playing in the WBC is a NO. They are not getting what they need, that is why I pray everyday that they don’t win.

Yes, GK, I’m glad you agree. Let’s get this WBC over with quick.

It sure will be nice to actually get to see for myself the Tigers play tomorrow on TV. Then I can judge for myself how the players are playing and just to enjoy watching a baseball game.

I have been constantly amazed at the time taken by players to get over what are minor health issues like sleeping the wrong way or muscle cramp. The Tigers appear to rely on traditional western medical techniques of drugs, rest, massage and physio.
The use of chiropractic manipulations supplemented with accupuncture would easily and quickly address these minor health problems and help prevent more serious health issues from developing.
The strain from pitching puts their bodies out of alignment leading to injuries, low energy levels, lower immune response and energy levels. I would have thought they would need at least a weekly chiropractic treatment with the rest of the players possibly fortnightly checkups.
It is hard not to think that Zoom is becoming Mission Impossible.
And no, I do not represent the Chiropractors Association but just a better late than never (I admit to being scared stiff at the first neck manipulation!!) convert to their techniques.

I think a chiropractor was an option under consideration as this problem lingered. It was at least something Joel was wondering about, understandably. In the Tigers’ defense, they have used massage therapy in the past. Not sure to what extent it was tried in Joel’s instance, since today’s info came from Leyland rather than the team medical staff.

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