Well, after just 13 warm-up pitchers in his first bullpen session of spring training, new Twins acquisition Joel Zumaya torn a ligament in his throwing shoulder and will be out for the rest of the season and probably his career barring extensive rehab.
On one hand, I feel really bad for the guy. I mean, he’s tried to come back so many times that this must be a crushing blow for him.
On the other hand, I sincerely hope that this is not a harbinger of things to come for the Twins. Pure logic would indicate that one player’s injury cannot “cause” another, but superstition is a powerful force in baseball clubhouses. If a team feels as if they have been bit by the injury bug (see: 2011 Twins), then every scratch turns into a DL stint.
But here’s some good news to leave off with for now…