Six more weeks of rehab for Zumaya
The Tigers medical staff had a conference call Wednesday with Dr. James Andrews on Joel Zumaya, who opted to try rehabbing his ailing elbow again rather than undergo exploratory surgery. If he had opted for surgery, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said, his chances of pitching this year would be “remote,” based on the advice from Dr. Andrews.
“The timetable [if he has surgery] is not favorable for him to pitch in 2011,” Rand said, “so he’ll undergo another six weeks of rest, rehab, strengthening.”
As it is, Zumaya will be rehabbing for six weeks before he can throw again. If he feels fine after that, the throwing progression would be expected to take him well into June at least, if not July.