Zumaya to begin rehab assignment Saturday
Good news on Joel Zumaya: He’ll begin a Minor League rehab assignment Saturday with Class A Lakeland. This will not be the stretch where he goes back-to-back days to see if his arm’s ready to pitch in games. He’ll make a couple outings there, then head to Double-A Erie or Triple-A Toledo for the final test before getting the call.
The bad news on Zumaya is that his velocity was supposedly down in his last extended Spring Training game earlier this week. However, given the windy conditions that day, the Tigers aren’t concerned yet.
And at this point, the Tigers are making no secrets about how much Zumaya means to the Tigers bullpen.
“He’ll be a welcome addition,” manager Jim Leyland said. “That fills a gap we really need.”