[to top of second column]
But Ryan said he didn't regret the decision to sign Zumaya.
"Sometimes you have to take chances," Ryan said. "It seemed like a worthwhile chance."
Zumaya had only been in the clubhouse for a couple of weeks, but he'd already managed to make a strong impression with the team. He pitched against the Twins for the Tigers and manager Ron Gardenhire said he quickly grew to like the heavily tattooed reliever who electrified Detroit's run to the World Series as a rookie in 2006.
"He looks like some monster out there pitching against you," Gardenhire said. "But you get him in your clubhouse and you realize there's special people and he's a special person and it's a really sad day for him and his family and our baseball team, too, because we were all hoping this guy would be able to get back on this thing and make it through. Unfortunately it didn't work out."
Left-hander Francisco Liriano was taken aback when he heard the news.
"Wow," said Liriano, who had Tommy John surgery in 2006. "I feel bad for him. He's been hurt probably every year. Wow."
Now the Twins have to look elsewhere among the 33 pitchers they brought to camp to help shore up their bullpen. Players like Anthony Swarzak, Alex Burnett, Jared Burton and Kyle Waldrop could get looks, even though none of them have strong histories of late-inning relief roles.
"If I'm one of those guys down in that clubhouse, well, there's some innings there to be had, I'd better go out there and get `em," Ryan said. "You want to make the team? Let's go."
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
< Sports index
Back to top
News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries
Law & Courts |
Spiritual Life |
Health & Fitness |
Calendar | Letters to the Editor