Tigers’ Joel Zumaya out for at least a week

Detroit Free Press


Joel Zumaya was examined by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday because of soreness in his right elbow and forearm, said Kevin Rand, the Detroit Tigers’ head trainer.

The examination — and CT scan — showed “no major structural damage,” Rand said. Doctors did find “some edema,” or swelling. Andrews recommended Zumaya not throw for at least another week, or until he is pain-free.

Rand said doctors don’t know what is causing the pain and swelling in Zumaya’s elbow — surgeons implanted a screw to help repair his fractured elbow last summer. Rand said rehab had been on schedule until Zumaya felt the soreness after his first spring-training outing Feb. 27.

“Joel had been doing very well,” Rand said. But we “got a little suspicious when he didn’t recover after two to three days.”

Rand said doctors in Lakeland and in Birmingham both ran a battery of tests to determine the cause of the swelling. In the meantime, Rand said, “we are treating the heck out of him,” using electric stimulation to reduce the swelling, using bone stimulation to help the elbow and strengthening the shoulder through rehab exercise.

Rand said the team will revisit things at the end of the week or the beginning of next week. He said it likely will be two more weeks before the relief pitcher is able to start throwing again.

“He is just in a holding pattern,” said manager Jim Leyland.

By the time Rand thinks Zumaya might be ready to throw again, he will have missed almost a month of spring training.

“Obviously, [being ready for Opening Day] is in jeopardy,” Rand said. “We just got to get this guy pain-free and throwing again. We’ve got a long season ahead of us. We would certainly like to have him be a part of it.”

Marlins 9, Tigers 5

Max Scherzer got knocked around in the Tigers’ loss to the Marlins, recording just seven outs.

Scherzer allowed five runs and eight hits, struck out three and walked one. He said he felt fine and was just trying to work on some things.

The 26-year-old right-hander went 12-11 with a 3.50 ERA in 31 starts for Detroit last season, and manager Jim Leyland has guaranteed him a spot in the rotation on opening day.

Highly touted prospect Matt Dominguez homered for Florida, and non-roster invitee Elih Villanueva tossed three shutout innings.

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