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8.20.2007

The Return Of A Rock Star


The Detroit Tigers will recall right-hander Joel Zumaya in time for Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians.

The husky reliever, whose fastball tops out at over 100 mph, underwent surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his right middle finger three months ago. He landed on the disabled list May 3rd, taking with him a 1-1 record, 3.63 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 13 appearances.

Zumaya ranked third among AL relievers with 97 K's last season; his terrifying presence on the hill helping to end Detroit's 16-year World Series appearance drought.

In a related move, Detroit optioned righty Aquilino Lopez to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday to make room for Zumaya. Lopez had one save and a 5.19 ERA in 10 games for Detroit, striking out seven and walking six over 17.1 innings.

Now might be do-or-die time for the slumping Tigers, who are entering this Cleveland series 1.5 games behind them in the AL Central. Next, they'll play a four-game set with the New York Yankees, who lead them by 2.5 games in the wild-card race.

[Mack Avenue Tigers]

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