LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – Tigers manager Jim Leyland says oft-injured reliever Joel Zumaya is unlikely to start the season in Detroit.

The 24-year-old Zumaya has pitched in only one game this spring. He was considered for the closer job this season but felt soreness after an appearance on March 2 against Florida Southern College.

In 2007, Zumaya tore a tendon in his right middle finger in April. Later that year, he hurt his right shoulder in an accident at his home and didn’t pitch the remainder of the season after undergoing reconstructive surgery.

Last year, Zumaya appeared in 21 games and was 0-2 with a 3.47 ERA before sustaining a season-ending fractured shoulder in August.

Leyland said Thursday “there is no time table” for Zumaya’s return.


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