There is a name I have not heard discussed in a very long time. Has anyone heard any kind of report on how his rehab is progressing? Is he "done" or is there a chance he can pitch at the minor league level this fall?
If he CAN start pitching soon, what does Tiger management do? Should they just hand him his final insurance paycheck and bid him farewell? I believe Joel is a free agent this fall and can sign anywhere he choses. Or anywhere he gets an opportunity. If he leaves via free agency do the Tigers get any kind of compensation?
Zumaya still had a big arm last spring and despite all of the injuries he COULD make an impact at the Major League level. I remember how fans and the team reacted to Zumaya coming in to a game and I would like to see him get one more chance in Detroit. The shoulder thing will always be whispered about but the finger, elbow, and his latest injury were simply unfortunate realities caused through no silliness on his part.
It's kind of sad to see Zumaya nearly out of baseball while Justin Verlander is on the cusp of winning the Cy Young Award and is even mentioned in MVP talk.
Two players that arrived and were a part of the magical 2006 World Series run. One on top of the world 5 years later. The other nearly out of the game altogether.