Sunday, February 26, 2012

Joel Zumaya out for year with torn UCL

If it weren't for bad luck, it seems as though Minnesota's Joel Zumaya wouldn't have any at all.

The hard-throwing, 27-year-old reliever threw only 13 pitches at a batting practice session on Saturday before suffering what has now turned out to be a season-ending injury.

An MRI has revealed that Zumaya has a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow and he will miss the entire 2012 season.

Zumaya, who signed a one-year deal with the Twins, is guaranteed only $400,000 since he won't be on the team's opening day roster.

He’s distraught, as you’d expect,” [Twins general manager Terry] Ryan said (via Matt Snyder of CBS Sports). “He’s going to come in here in the next day or so and we’re going to talk about the immediate future for him.”

Having last pitched in a regular-season game in June 2010, a successful rehab from Tommy John surgery would mean that Zumaya would go nearly three calendar years in between pitching in a major league game.

Report: Chris Perez out 4-6 weeks

The Cleveland Indians play their regular-season opener on Thursday, April 5th at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Whether or not they will have Chris Perez available to close on Opening Day is now uncertain.

Per AP's Tom Withers, Perez is "out 4 to 6 weeks with strained oblique."

Six weeks from today is April 8th so if Perez is not available on Opening Day, he should be back close to that time.

Nationals, Zimmerman agree to six-year extension

The Washington Nationals and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman have agreed to a six-year contract extension, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

According to the report, the deal includes an option for the seventh year, which means that Zimmerman, who was under contract through 2013, could be a National through 2020 based on the new deal.

"All along, all I've wanted is to be able to stay with the Nationals, which I consider my hometown team, and help the franchise become a winner while also being compensated fairly," Zimmerman said in a statement Saturday. "I'm from Virginia, I was drafted by the Nationals and I've seen this organization make great progress since I signed here. I want to see it through to the ultimate goal of winning a World Series."

Zimmerman, who was the franchise's first draft pick in the post-Expos era, played in only 101 games and set six-year lows last year in runs scored (52), home runs (12) and runs batted in (49).

In our fantasy rankings, we have Zimmerman as the fifth-ranked third baseman.