July 30th, 2009
Just heard from the Tigers that Joel Zumaya will undergo surgery to remove the bone fragment from the stress fracture in his shoulder. It’s scheduled for mid-August and will cost him the rest of the season.
Dr. James Andrews examined Zumaya this morning in Pensacola, Fla., and gave him another cortisone shot to quiet the soreness he developed while playing catch a few days ago. The diagnosis was that it wasn’t going to get any better if he couldn’t get through playing catch pain-free.
Zumaya last week that the timetable on such a surgery would be eight weeks. So if there’s good news out of this, it’s that he’ll be ready to go through close to a full offseason regimen and be ready for next spring training. But of course, after three straight injury-shortened seasons, the Tigers can’t assume he’ll be back and healthy.
No word on how this affects Tigers trade talks. Orioles closer George Sherrill went to the Dodgers, but there are setup men available on the market that might be available for cheaper. if not, look for Brandon Lyon and Bobby Seay to continue in setup work, with Ryan Perry working his way into more close games.
The Tigers have traded outfielder Josh Anderson to the Royals for cash considerations. Anderson’s contract was designated for assignment last week. The Royals and Yankees both had interest, but the Yankees apparently weren’t willing to offer up a prospect in the deal. The Royals also came ahead of New York in the waiver claims process.
Kansas City will be the third team for Anderson this calendar year and the fourth in his career. Detroit acquired him from Atlanta in the final week of Spring Training.
Anderson batted .242 with the Tigers with
four doubles, four triples and 16 RBIs in 74 games, covering 165
at-bats. The 26-year-old stole 13 bases in 15 attempts.