Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 2/26/12
Joel Zumaya has torn his UCL and will miss the season. At some point, we have to ask if his career is threatened. And, even when that prospect saddens us, if there is something unnatural about throwing as fast as he has. Since he debuted in 2006, “Zoom Zoom” has pitched in 171 games. He debuted with an incredible 97 strikeouts in 83.1 innings over 62 games that rookie year, and he hasn’t managed more than half of any of those totals in any year since. He missed 2011 completely. In fact, he’s been ineligible for over 600 games due to injury since 2006. His team has only played 1,134 games since 2006. The injuries that have kept him out of more than half of his games so far in his career have been myriad: • Wrist inflammation • Ruptured finger tendon (surgery) • AC joint separation (surgery) • Right shoulder stress fracture • Right shoulder soreness • Right shoulder stress fracture (surgery) • Right elbow fracture (surgery) • Pin removal (surgery) • Pin re-insertion (surgery) • Torn UC
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