Zumaya to have surgery, out for season

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.

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Not a big surprise to anyone, is it? I hope and pray that this surgery will fix what’s ailing his shoulder and he can have one more shot at major league pitching. Gosh, it’s hard to lose him again. Good Luck, Joel.

I hope all goes well for Zoom.
I was surprised he lasted as long as he did – an injury plagued history and continually trying to throw as hard as possible was a recipe for disaster.
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I would be real surprised if Polly didn’t come back – he is the backbone of the defense never getting rattled and always looking like he is enjoying the game for what it really is. A great team role model.
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I would give Curtis til the end of the upcoming 17 game stretch to see if he can come out of his season long slump against lefties. If no improvement, I would platoon him with Maggs in the 5th slot. Against lefties, he is .194 pre break and .118 post. Against righties, he is .280 pre and .382 post.
Clete and Polly would then be my 1 and 2.
Having Maggs or Curtis always available would give you some good bench options coming down the stretch.

Well, I hate to sound ‘flip’, but, who cares. This guy’s been BAD, for 3 years now..ALMOST EVERY outing..LOTS of HR’s (at terrible times), lots of hits and walks too. Truth be told, he’s been HURTING this team, FAR more than helping it these last 3 years.

Don’t forget about those AWFUL catches in centerfield, either. God forbid, we should have to see Grandy every day!:D

Ca$h deal, hmm, maybe Tigers need a new batting machine, or some new hitting videos. Ouch!…
more likely, a case Tums to chew on, instead of sunflower seeds.
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Well, somebody else can break down, how many pitches Zoom-Zoom, threw, and what each pitch cost. His trade value, Zilch…. His new nick name?
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I just hope that this team sticks together, if the cupboard is bare, in our farm system. Pitching looks great. Hitting will come. Our division is so weak, its anyones to take first place, but Sox, and Twins haven’t gotten to fire on all 8 cylinders either.

Go Tigers!

If you can get the Seattle game tonight, Chris Shelton and Jack Hannahan are hitting 5-6 for the Mariners. Reminds me of the 2007 Mud Hens. They were having a hard time hitting the Texas starter, who looks like he’s about 15-years old.
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Jason has a good article on the main site about the trade situation. We might not get any deal at all, and I’m sure that would make many unhappy. It doesn’t look like a favorable landscape for trades, so I’m prepared to go with who we have now. And again, I’m very wary of bringing players over from the NL and expecting them to provide immediate production in the AL.
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The Zumaya announcement is, sadly again, not unexpected. I wish Joel all the best and hope he can someday put all this behind him, but from a team standpoint, I think he should be traded as soon as he shows signs of regaining his health. It’s a hard business, but I don’t foresee him ever being injury-free. I’d love to be wrong about that.
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–Rich

I agree Rich, this surgery is not unexpected. It is too bad that he has never been able to get it together since 2006 for whatever reason?? Some seem to forget that in the first month of the season he was really quite good. It has only been in the last month and a half that he started to have problems (big problems). My 94 year old Grandmother who is a Tiger fanatic cannot stand Joel either.
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Hope he can figure out how to stay healthy, he is really turning into a one trick pony.

I would go with what we have verses sacrificing the future. The current roster has a chance to win the Central.

Late inning relief seems to be a strength in the organization so trading Zumaya should be a strong consideration, but to get the maximum trade value for Zumaya, he would have to be healthy for the first half of next season. Then if he pitches lights out for the 1st half, it would be tough to pull the trigger on a trade. I would like to see how he would do as a starter. Would he get more movement on the fastball by backing off. The slider would have to be more consistant. It might lesson the violent delivery and allow his arm to last. Also, he does not seem to have a closers mentality. I do hate to see someone with so much potential have to deal with all the injurys.

Shelton and Hannahan could have long careers as injury replacements, but they both will also have to go back to the bus at AAA to stay in baseball.

Mark

Well, it looks like we’ll ride out the remainder of the season with the horses we have. Most of our trading chips are either hurt, have been ineffective, have large contracts or are just not in demand. This trading season has been really thin with question marks, misfits, unknowns and riskier pawns the only players available. The bullpen could be effective with Seay, Lyon, Perry, Fien and Rodney if they are utilized by JL/RK in the right situations. Nobody is going to be or remain perfect, it’s the law of averages. The wild card is the hitting. It needs to turn around this weekend against the Tribe’s pitching malcontents. If the Tigs can start averaging 4.5-5.0+ RPG, then they can play .600 ball through the home stretch. They win the Central and that’s the end of the ride for 2009. The off-season has lots of question marks and potential upside moves when the market stabilizes doesn’t it?

Jim

The Tigers acquired pitcher Jarrod Washburn from the Mariners, according to Mike Salk of ESPN radio in Seattle.

GAve up Luke French plus one more- details to come.

Wow. A good move. So where do you slot him in? Looks like he last pitched on Tuesday. So I assume he’d be ready to go on Sunday.

I think French would have been great down the line. I’m hoping this doesn’t turn into a Doyle Alexander trade.

Ericdickelman, enjoyed reading your comments. I don’t believe this to be another Doyle Alexander trade. Washburn is a little younger than Alexander was. Alexander was nearly 37 wehn the Tigers acquired him.

I think it is a fair deal for the Tigers. The Tigers probably needed a bat more than a starting pitcher, but Washburn is certainly an important addition to the team. The price the Blue Jays were asking of Detroit to acquire Halladay was ridiculous.

Ericdickelman, enjoyed reading your comments. I don’t believe this to be another Doyle Alexander trade. Washburn is a little younger than Alexander was. Alexander was nearly 37 wehn the Tigers acquired him.

I think it is a fair deal for the Tigers. The Tigers probably needed a bat more than a starting pitcher, but Washburn is certainly an important addition to the team. The price the Blue Jays were asking of Detroit to acquire Halladay was ridiculous.

Well, like they say, you can never have enough pitching. This is a total relief to me. You can always use good pitching. A bat would have been nice, but I’ll take it.

Go Tigers!

Looks like EJ is having a bad game. 65 pitches in 2 innings. Let’s hope the Tigers really will give him some support this time.

Tigers look like crap tonight. 6th inning and the Indians up 4-2. Can’t stand those drums beating.

4 hits so far for the Tigers-glad we decided we didn’t need any offensive help.

Another pitiful display of hitting. This is the Indian team they are facing with the worst bullpen in the league. I don’t care if we got another starting pitcher or not if you can’t support your pitchers with some hitting you are generally going to lose.

Pitiful is putting it mildly. Just watching them makes me feel sleepy. My God, I can’t believe how pathetic our offense has been.

Pretty double by Maggs, though. We’ve got 6 outs to get 2 runs to tie. Maybe, just maybe.

It’s pathetic. Miggy with 3 chances to win the game and can’t do it.

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