April 18th, 2011
The good news for Joel Zumaya is that there’s no nerve damage in his right arm. The bad news is that there’s still no firm diagnosis what exactly is causing the trouble that has him again shut down from throwing.
Zumaya had another visit Monday with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who conducted another battery of tests. This time, however, they added a nerve conduction study. Like all the other tests, it came up with nothing glaring.
“Nothing really jumped out at us any more than what we had already determined,” Rand said.
The test results are being forwarded to Tigers team physician Dr. Stephen Lemos. He’ll look them over and then join in on a conference call Wednesday with Andrews, Rand, Zumaya and one of his agents. Together, they’re going to decide whether it’s better for Zumaya to go through the strengthening and rehab process again or go with a diagnostic arthroscopic surgery.
The rehab process without surgery would probably take another six weeks. The surgery would knock him out for longer, but they might get to the bottom of the issue.
Remember when I said a couple weeks ago that Ryan Raburn wouldn’t be playing second anytime soon? Yeah, well, I stand corrected. Sometimes, tough times change plans, though I wouldn’t expect any long-term shift. Victor Martinez is limited to DH this series while he deals with a sore groin, leaving Magglio Ordonez in right field. Otherwise, Alex Avila would probably have been the odd man out.
Raburn worked exclusively as an outfielder this spring, though. This will be his first start at second base since last August 15.
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Ryan Raburn, 2B
- Magglio Ordonez, RF
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Brennan Boesch, LF
- Jhonny Peralta, SS
- Alex Avila, C
- Brandon Inge, 3B
P: Max Scherzer
- Ichiro Suzuki, RF
- Chone Figgins, 3B
- Milton Bradley, LF
- Jack Cust, DH
- Justin Smoak, 1B
- Adam Kennedy, 2B
- Miguel Olivo, C
- Ryan Langerhans, CF
- Brendan Ryan, SS
P: Jason Vargas
The second, and presumably final, rehab appearance for Ryan Perry went much smoother than the first. It was an easy 15-pitch seventh inning today in Toledo’s win at Columbus. He retired the side in order to go with one strikeout.
The plan called for one inning out of Perry Monday after his 27-pitch outing for the Mud Hens on Friday back at Fifth Third Field. The original plan also called for Perry, as long as he feels fine, to be ready to travel here to Seattle on Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday, when he’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list in time for the Tigers’ series finale against the Mariners.
Joel Zumaya’s latest visit with Dr. James Andrews is scheduled for today, but the Tigers got the procedural portion of his injury out of the way already by transferring the hard-throwing but oft-injured right-hander from the 15- to 60-day disabled list.
For practical purposes, the DL move doesn’t mean much, other than to open a spot on the 40-man roster. Even if Zumaya was pain-free and cleared to begin throwing again tomorrow, he’d still be at least a couple weeks away from throwing in games, then would face a minor league rehab assignment. That would likely take him well into May anyway. Now that he’s on the 60-day DL, the earliest he can be activated is around the end of May.
For personnel purposes, the move opens up a 40-man roster spot, meaning Detroit now has the room to call up a non-roster guy if they so choose. Probably not a harbinger of anything quite yet, but good to know.