Fulmer is slated to work as the opener in Monday's game against the White Sox, with Daniel Norris following him, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Fulmer has only made one appearance so far this season, as he had a start rained out last weekend, and then the Tigers and Cardinals postponed an entire series due to a coronavirus outbreak within the St. Louis organization. Because of the long layoff between outings and the fact that he's still building up stamina in his first season back after Tommy John surgery, Fulmer isn't expected to work too far into Monday's game. Norris is expected to handle the middle innings as the team's primary pitcher. Manager Ron Gardenhire indicated that he'd like to get three innings out of each pitcher.
Fulmer won't pitch Saturday against the Reds as the game has been postponed due to rain. Fulmer had been scheduled to start (or at least open) for the second time this year and was looking to bounce back from his season debut, when he allowed four runs in just 2.2 innings against the Royals. The game will be made up as part of a seven-inning doubleheader Sunday, though Fulmer isn't scheduled to start either game.
Fulmer allowed four runs on five hits and a walk across two innings in a no-decision Monday against the Royals. He struck out two. Making his first MLB start since 2018, Fulmer was done in by the long ball, as he allowed home runs to Maikel Franco, Whit Merrifield and Salvador Perez. The Tigers capped Fulmer at 47 pitches, and the righty figures to have his workload carefully monitored in his first year back after Tommy John surgery, which limits his fantasy appeal. He lines up to start again Sunday against the Reds, though he'll likely face another innings/pitch count restriction in that outing.
Fulmer will serve as the opener Monday against the Royals, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports. The 27-year-old is beginning the season with workload limitations as he returns from Tommy John surgery. It's unclear exactly what those limitations are, though Fulmer reached at least three innings of live batting practice in summer camp. The Tigers haven't officially said who is expected to pitch behind the right-hander.
The Tigers reinstated Fulmer (elbow) from the 45-day injured list Thursday. The transaction was merely procedural after manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed a day earlier that Fulmer would be a part of the Tigers' Opening Day rotation, operating as a "opener type" in front of a primary pitcher, most likely Tyler Alexander. Fulmer should gradually have his restrictions loosened in his subsequent turns, as the Tigers are just exercising caution with his usage coming off his March 2019 Tommy John surgery.