Zumaya's throwing program halted

Zumaya's throwing program halted

DETROIT -- Joel Zumaya's throwing program is on hold again after he had some discomfort at the end of a light-tossing session on Thursday, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Sunday morning.

It was the first time Zumaya had thrown in three weeks, after noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews examined his surgically repaired right elbow in mid-February and recommended rest before throwing again. No major structural damage was found, but doctors were still struggling to figure out the cause of the discomfort. Zumaya had surgery last year to repair a fractured bone at the tip of the elbow, a procedure that involved inserting a screw to stabilize the joint.

The next step, Rand said, is to let Zumaya rest for a couple days and see if he improves.

Rand said team doctors and Dr. Andrews, who has been consulting on Zumaya's situation for the last couple years, have a conference call scheduled for Monday to discuss what's going on.

Dr. Andrews examined Zumaya's elbow in person last week before clearing him to begin throwing. There's no answer yet as to whether Zumaya could be examined again.