Zumaya to rejoin Tigers this weekend
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Thursday afternoon that reliever Joel Zumaya will rejoin the club this weekend at Kansas City, indicating he’ll be activated and back in the bullpen to face the Royals.
Leyland didn’t know which specific day, other than it probably wouldn’t be in time for Friday’s series opener.
“They say he’s ready,” Leyland said.
Thus, after opening the year on the disabled list with what was listed as a sore right shoulder following his season-ending stress fracture last August, Zumaya will be ready for his first outing of the year. He made a handful of rehab appearances at Class A Lakeland and Triple-A Toledo.
Pitching on back-to-back days was widely believed to be the final step in Zumaya’s rehab. He did that on Tuesday and Wednesday, pitching a scoreless inning apiece with two strikeouts in each outing.
Once his shoulder felt fine Thursday, he was declared ready to go.
Leyland didn’t specify a role for Zumaya, other than to say he’ll be pitching from the sixth inning on.