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Joel Zumaya Considering Retirement

Joel Zumaya's 2012 season is over because of yet another elbow injury and the reliever is now contemplating retirement.

If he wants to continue pitching, he'll have to put in another year of rehab work with a focus towards 2013.

"Right now, my perspective is probably not," he said.

"I know I'm pretty young, but I'm probably going to go on six surgeries if I go get another one. I'm only 27 years old. I've taken a lot of wear and tear on my body, especially my arm, and then rehab, and it just mentally takes a lot out of you."

Via Associated Press

Joel Zumaya Done For 2012

Twins reliever Joel Zumaya has a torn ligament in his right elbow and will miss the entire season.

The hard thrower has been plagued by injuries since 2006.

Zumaya had signed an incentive-laden, one-year deal with Minnesota.

"I took a risk. It was a high risk with high reward," general manager Terry Ryan said. "Unfortunately it didn't work. And he feels bad. I feel bad."

Via Associated Press

Zumaya's Session Ends Early With Elbow Discomfort

Twins right-hander Joel Zumaya left his throwing session early on Saturday with discomfort in his inner right elbow.

Zumaya was facing live hitters for the first time this spring.

He exited his session after 13 pitches and walked off the field with head trainer Rick McWane.

Via MLB.com

Morneau Admits Concussions Could Prematurely End Career

Justin Morneau spoke candidly on Friday morning about the possibility that concussion issues could prematurely end his career.

"Well, I don't think there will be a career if it's something I'm dealing with," he said. "That's the reality of the whole thing. I'm obviously not going to continue to mess around with this if it continues to be a problem. There comes a point where you can only torture yourself for so long.

"It's something I love to do but you keep preparing and you keep being left out, that's something that nobody wants to go through. Obviously it's been a tough winter that way. I try not to think about that kind of stuff. Obviously it's crossed my mind and it's something I've had to think about but when that stuff comes into my mind I continue to look for something positive, and look how far I've come in the last week or in the last month and just hope it continues to go well."

Morneau used the word "torture" when speaking about what he's gone through. He also said he's lost some weight to reduce the stress on his body

Via Star Tribune

Mauer Ready To Begin Catching Right Away

After a series of ailments and injuries limited him to 82 games in 2011, Joe Mauer reported to Spring Training on Saturday and is ready to start catching immediately.

"I'll be another catcher out there running around, and that's exciting for me," Mauer said. "I was pretty limited all spring last year, and to get out there and run around with the guys is definitely something that I missed."

Mauer had offseason knee surgery in December 2010, putting him behind to begin last season.

"Even probably to start the year last year, I knew it was going to be a grind, be a struggle right from the get-go," Mauer said.

"Did I know what was going to happen? No. But I knew it was going to be a tough year. I wasn't anywhere near close to where I am physically right now. I've still got a lot of work to do, and that's what spring training is for, trying to get ready for opening day."

Via Associated Press

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