The Minnesota Twins officially released injured pitcher Joel Zumaya on Wednesday. Zumaya was already going to miss the entire 2012 season after suffering a season-ending elbow injury in spring training.
The Twins acquired Zumaya this offseason with the hope that he could be a valid right-handed option in the late innings to compliment left-handed setup man Glen Perkins and closer Matt Capps. But Zumaya's season with Minnesota was over before it started, as Zumaya injured his arm early in spring training in Fort Myers.
Zumaya will have Tommy John surgery on Thursday in Pensacola, Fla. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery.
Zumaya, 27, missed all of 2011 after suffering a season-ending arm injury in 2010 with the Detroit Tigers in a game against the Twins. He appeared in 31 games that season before the injury, posting a 2.58 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 38.1 innings.
During his time with the Tigers, Zumaya was able to hit triple digits on the radar gun and struck out 97 batters ...