Detroit Tigers flamethrower Joel Zumaya injured his pitching arm Monday night in a game against the Minnesota Twins. Zumaya's 14th pitch of the 8th inning was to Twins outfielder Delmon Young, and was clocked at 99 mph. It was also Zumaya's last pitch of the game, and word came on Tuesday that it will be his last of the season
Zumaya crumpled to the ground in obvious pain, and the look on Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera's face showed how serious the injury was. It was revealed on Tuesday the injury was a broken elbow. Zumaya was helped off the field by the Tigers trainer, and after the game had his arm in a sling.
Zumaya is no stranger to injuries, and freak injuries seem to follow him around. In May 2007 he ruptured a tendon in his hand and needed surgery and rehab, which made him miss 12 weeks of the season. In the 2007 off-season he separated his shoulder while helping his father move. A 50-60 pound box fell on his shoulder and he was placed on the 60-day disabled list at the start of the 2008 season and finally joined the team in June of that year. His most infamous injury is probably one of the funniest in sports history. In 2006 he reported a sore shoulder, and with the help of the training staff, determined it was from playing the Guitar Hero video game. He was unavailable for 3 games of the 2006 ALCS, but was fine to pitch in the World Series that year.