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Injured Tigers reliever Zumaya out for season

Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya is gone for the rest of the season with a fractured right elbow. Team doctors, however, remain optimistic he could return to the mound next year.

Zumaya says he thought his career was over immediately after throwing his final pitch Monday night. He says it felt like his elbow exploded.

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The Tigers say the diagnosis is "the best bad news you can get." The fracture will take about four months to heal, but there is no ligament damage in the elbow.

The hard-throwing Zumaya fractured his right olecranon, which is the bony tip of the elbow right under the skin, the Tigers said.

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Zumaya was diagnosed one day after the injury left him writhing on the mound in a frightening scene during a 7-5 win over the Minnesota Twins.

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