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Report: Joel Zumaya Considering Retirement After Latest Setback

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.