No nerve damage for Zumaya, but still no diagnosis
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.