Joel Zumaya was warming up in the bullpen during the Detroit Tigers' 7-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals Saturday night when he "felt something pop" in the middle knuckle of his pitching hand. As he was rushed to the hospital for X-rays, manager Jim Leyland had this to say:
He threw a pitch in the bullpen, a fastball, and this joint, this (middle) knuckle, he felt something pop .An extremely valuable member of the bullpen with a fastball that can exceed 100 mph, Zumaya is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA over 17.1 innings for the defending AL Champs.
Zumaya's finger was apparently dislocated. Considering pitchers depend on their middle finger to grip the baseball and flip the bird, he was immediately put on the 15-day disabled list.
The Tigers recalled right-hander Aquilino Lopez, who made three appearances for Detroit last month before being sent back to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens. He is 0-0 with a 5.68 ERA in 6.1 big league innings pitched.
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