Zumaya starts off rehab stint with one inning
Joel Zumaya’s Minor League rehab stint began Saturday night with a two-run inning at Class A Lakeland against the Tampa Yankees.
Zumaya began the season on the disabled list with a sore shoulder after suffering a setback in early March from his shoulder recovery. He walked the first two batters he faced Saturday before a double-steal set up one run on a fielding error from third baseman Shawn Roof. Another run came home on a single from Yankees prospect Brandon Laird, younger brother of Tigers catcher Gerald Laird.
From there, Zumaya regrouped to retire the next three batters in order. Damon Sublett popped out to short. Austin Romine grounded into a fielder’s choice. Then, after a wild pitch advanced the runners, Zumaya got a called third strike on Wady Rufino to end the inning.
It marked Zumaya’s second rough outing this week, having done so in an extended Spring Training game on a windy afternoon in Lakeland. While the statistics weren’t good again Saturday, the important part for the Tigers from this stint is whether Zumaya’s arm feels fine the next day. If he can continue to do that while maintaining a good velocity, he’ll continue to progress, eventually going to Double-A Erie or Triple-A Toledo to face more advanced hitters before the Tigers decide whether to bring him to Detroit.