Tigers Pitcher Had Guitar Hero Injury

By Maarten Goldstein, Dec 14, 2006 1:00pm PST

During the most recent MLB postseason, Detroit Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya sat out three games while his team faced the Oakland Athletics in the American League Championship Series. Was inflammation of his right wrist and forearm due to pitching? No, team doctors discovered it was due to Zumaya's love for Guitar Hero.

During the radio interview, Dombrowski said the 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, and went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three appearances.

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