Zumaya might well be back

Full disclosure: It’s spring training, not even in spring games. Zumaya didn’t even have a batter in the box against him until this morning. And because he started throwing bullpen sessions last month, he’s ahead of pretty much everybody else.

Now that we have that out of the way, I can say that Zumaya’s throwing is raising eyebrows among coaches and officials. His fastball looks like the fastball of old, with movement. And he’s mixing in his breaking ball well.

How good does he look? Jim Leyland, who warns against getting excited about bullpen sessions, is getting excited.

“I’m holding my breath,” Leyland said, “because that stuff is nasty.”

Because heavy rain this morning waterlogged the back fields, pitchers threw to hitters on the stadium field today. Zumaya’s session drew a small crowd of fans and a number of players. Jose Valverde watched from behind the cage alongside Leyland and Dave Dombrowski. Justin Verlander watched from the side. Daniel Schlereth and his dad, Mark, watched from outside the dugout.

“The ball’s just flying out of his hand,” Leyland said earlier.

The results looked impressive. Zumaya threw a good number of breaking balls, and he seemed to be hitting his spots with it.

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Wow, first the wedding talk and then Willis. I though I was on the Freep blog or Fox Sports blog. Hopefully I am first on this Zoom info. My poster from 2006 is looking good right now in my rec room. “The Untouchables”. 10 inches of snow in GR Sunday night. I am soooo ready for Spring. As always, enjoying all the regulars and the comments. Rich, good one on the Leyland quote. Go Tigers! 2010! –Dave

Hey dmbrown, I’m from GR as well. It’s nasty out!

I’m definitely excited to here this. Hopefully he wont injure himself again.

I live in San Diego and I’ve been hoping to bump into Zoom some day. No idea why I feel the need to share this…..

Saw the Tigers beat the Padres in 2008, pleasant surprise to see so many Tigers fans at the ballpark, seemed to outnumber the Padres fans. We thought it was great, but then realized it was sad that so many people had moved away from MI…

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