Minnesota Twins power reliever Joel Zumaya is reportedly considering retiring, according to the Associated Press.
Zumaya learned yesterday that he has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which will require Tommy John surgery. Such a procedure means that he will miss the entirety of the 2012 MLB season. He did not pitch last year, and has been limited to 31-innings-or-less since 2006 when he broke onto the scene with the Detroit Tigers.
The 27-year-old has undergone five previous procedures since 2006. In 2010, Zumaya’s average fastball speed still reached 99.3 miles per hour, despite his injuries. In 171 career games he has struck out 210 batters in 209 innings pitched, while posting a career 2.58 ERA.