Minnesota Twins reliever Joel Zumaya says he is considering retirement after tearing a ligament in his elbow at spring training.
Zumaya spoke to reporters Monday, one day after he was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. If he wants to return to baseball, he will need Tommy John surgery.
That would be the hard-throwing reliever's sixth operation since 2006. He says he's not sure if he wants to put his body through another long rehabilitation. But he also is intrigued by the success that many pitchers have had after having such surgery.
Zumaya says he will talk things over with his family and hopes to make a decision in the next day or two.