Twins Release Veteran Joel Zumaya

Wednesday March 28th, 2012

The Minnesota Twins released right hander reliever pitcher Joel Zumaya, according to

Zumaya, 27, tore his ulnar collateral ligament on Feb. 25 while throwing a batting-practice session. He is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday in Pensacola, Fla.

Zumaya has undergone five previous procedures since 2006. In 2010, his 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.

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