TigsTown Mini MLN: Zumaya, Injury Front

How did Joel Zumaya look in his recent rehab appearance this past weekend, and which Erie outfielder could be headed to the DL?

Zumaya Rehab Start
By: David Jeffrey, Lakeland Correspondent

Saturday was Joel Zumaya's first appearance since the Florida Southern College exhibition game in early March. Zumaya has some rust he needs to break off before rejoining the Detroit Tigers. Eight of Zumaya's first nine pitches were out of the strike zone. The first batter he faced he consistently missed the outside corner by about a foot.

Zumaya's focus was clearly on his mechanics and not on the runners he put on. The Tampa Yankees took advantage with a double steal which led to the runs.

The infield defense let him down with an error on the first ball in play which caused an unearned run. He then gave up a hit when he left his fastball up and on the outside part of the plate that plated the second run. Against his final batter he did get a strike out on his 32nd pitch.

The final line for Zumaya was one inning, two runs, one earned, two walks, one hit and one strikeout.

The good side of Zumaya's performance was his fastball was not affected by his sore shoulder. Zumaya's velocity sat around 96 to 99 MPH on his electric fastball. His command of all his pitches still needs improvement before he'll be able to compete at the big league level.

Casper Wells Injures Wrist
By: Nick Underhill, Erie Correspondent

The Erie SeaWolves lost their first game of the season on Monday night to Bowie, 2-1, but they might have lost a whole lot more in the process.

After swinging at an outside pitch during the sixth inning, Casper Wells went to the ground clutching his hand and was forced to leave the game. It is believed that he could have possibly broken the hamate bone in his left hand.

"I hurt something around my wrist there. I'm not sure what it's called- the hamate maybe," Wells said after the game. "I swung at an outside pitch and I was out front of it and I felt my wrist go weak and a pain shot down my arm. I couldn't even grab the bat- it hurt to keep my hand up."

Wells will have an x-ray taken on Tuesday, if it reveals an injury there is no real time table for a return.

"With the hamate bone it really depends on the individual and what they have to do to repair it. Sometimes they have to remove it, sometimes they don't. It can be three months or it can be six," a member of the Seawolves organization explained.

Wells is currently hitting .162 with a .643 on-base percentage.

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