DETROIT -- Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya will undergo season-ending surgery to his throwing elbow, the club announced Monday. A screw will be inserted into Zumaya's elbow to stabilize the olecranon fracture he suffered on June 28.
Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said the surgery won't affect the timetable surrounding Zumaya's return, which is still expected to be at the start of next Spring Training. The operation will be performed by Dr. Stephen Lemos at the Detroit Medical Center on July 12.
"There are plenty of pitchers that have had this procedure done and are still pitching, and have pitched without any incidents," Rand said. "The most important thing is to make him as strong as possible to resume his pitching career. This is the way for him to be as strong as possible."
Although Zumaya will miss the rest of the season, his elbow injury could have been much worse if there would have been ligament damage. Luckily, scans showed the ligaments were still intact.
"I think we got the best of the worst news when we found out what it was," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "It wasn't ligaments all torn up and everything. We got the best worst news you can get."
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