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Joel Zumaya Injury: Elbow The Latest Ailment For New Minnesota Twins Reliever

It's not exactly news of the surprising sort, but the Joel Zumaya era is off to a familiar start. The newly-acquired reliever for the Minnesota Twins suffered an apparent elbow injury on Saturday as he faced batters for the first time in Spring Training.

Zumaya was scheduled for a practice session to face live batters for the first time in a Twins uniform, but after about 15 pitches against Drew Butera, he walked off the mound with head trainer Rick McWane. It's not guaranteed that it's an elbow injury or anything serious, but the Star Tribune reports that things could shake out that way.

Zumaya appeared frustrated in the clubhouse and declined to speak with reporters. Zumaya has had two surgeries on his elbow since fracturing it during a game at Target Field in 2010.

Zumaya's had a terrible history with arm injuries, but the weirdest had to be the much-talked about Guitar Hero incident a few seasons ago. Hopefully Saturday's injury won't be as bad.

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