Joel Zumaya’s career with the Minnesota Twins may have ended faster than it began.
The Twins signed the five-year veteran in December after he worked out for a bunch of Major League teams.
Twins General Manager Terry Ryan knew and admitted it was a “high risk, high reward” move to sign the 27-year-old. The incentive-laden one-year contract with $400,000 guaranteed.
The last time Zumaya played in a Major League game, the baseball world watched his elbow blow up during a June 28, 2010 game between the Detroit Tigers and Twins at Target Field.
He now has a decision to make; undergo a third Tommy John Surgery to try another comeback in baseball or retire from the game and move on with his life.
If he elects to have the surgery, he is at risk for further injuries and surgeries because of the violent delivery that allows him to consistently throw at or near triple-digits.
According to the Twins’ official website, Zumaya and the Twins will take the next few days to decide his future and his status with the team.