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Zumaya giving it one last shot

Posted on: November 30, 2010 7:40 pm
Joel Zumaya Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya tells's Jason Beck that if he gets hurt again, he'll be done with baseball.

Zumaya, 26, has managed just 109 appearances over the last four years. In 2010, he made 31 appearances, the most since his rookie year of 2006, before leaving a game in June with an elbow injury, ending his season. He's also struggled with shoulder injuries and a ruptured tendon in his finger.

"This year's going to be my make-it-or-break-it year," Zumaya said. "If I get hurt again, I'm basically going to be done with baseball. I'm going to have to find another job."

Zumaya is a year away from free agency, and is a candidate to be non-tendered at Thursday's deadline by the Tigers. However, he told that the team has told him they won't non-tender him. Zumaya hopes to avoid arbitration and sign a one-year deal with Detroit.

Zumaya made $915,000 last year.

"I'm not going to be a guy that's going to take advantage of the Tigers," Zumaya said. "I do know what i can get for arbitration. I'm not greedy."

Zumaya has gotten the go-ahead to start throwing to prepare for 2011 and expects to begin throwing soon.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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