Readers likely recall that Detroit Tiger’s pitcher Joel Zumaya had to sit out three games of the American League Championship owing to inflammation in his right (i.e. pitching) arm. At that time the inflammation was attributed to “different weather.” But, Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski let it slip on the radio yesterday that Zumaya’s arm wasn’t sore from throwing 100 mph fastballs, but from rockin’ the house down on the popular Playstation II video game Guitar Hero.
Tigers’ athletic training staff discovered that Zumaya’s forearm pain was more consistent with the action of a guitar player than a baseball pitcher. The Tigers asked Zumaya to stop playing the video game, and he did. Zumaya then pitched pain-free during the World Series . . .
There is no word yet on whether or not Zumaya got past the wicked-hard solo on “Killer Queen.”