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Twins cut loose Joel Zumaya

The Twins have officially released fireballing righthander Joel Zumaya, who blew out his elbow in spring training. He's out for the season, but the Star Tribune reports the Twins could always re-sign him next year.
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The Twins have officially released fireballing righthander Joel Zumaya, who blew out his elbow in spring training. He's out for the season, but the Star Tribune reports the Twins could always re-sign him next year.

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