Fulmer underwent successful ulnar transposition surgery Tuesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Fulmer will now begin a recovery process that is supposed to take between three and four months as he works to get back to full health for next season. Barring any setbacks, he's expected to be ready to go for spring training. The 24-year-old ended his sophomore season with a 10-12 record to go along with a 3.83 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 114:40 K:BB over 164.2 innings (25 starts).
Fulmer (elbow) will undergo ulnar transposition surgery Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. It had appeared doubtful that Fulmer was going to return this season, and the news that he'll undergo surgery on his elbow only confirms those fears. The procedure typically carries a rehab period between three and four months, so barring any setbacks, Fulmer should be back in full health for spring training. The 24-year-old's second season will end with a 10-12 record along with a 3.83 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. With Fulmer out, Chad Bell will likely finish the season in the Tigers' rotation.
Fulmer (elbow) isn't expected to visit Dr. James Andrews for an examination until Sept. 11, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Fulmer was never expected to reenter the rotation this week after being diagnosed with right elbow ulnar neuritis following his Aug. 29 start, but the fact that the Tigers aren't rushing the doctor's appointment seemingly makes it increasingly likely that the reigning American League Rookie of the Year may not be in line to return this season. Until Andrews has a chance to assess Fulmer's elbow, it won't be known if the youngster will be able to treat the injury through simple rest and rehab, or if surgical intervention will be necessary. The Tigers filled Fulmer's spot in the rotation Sunday against the Indians with Chad Bell, but it's uncertain if Bell will pick up another start this week after he was lit up for five runs on eight hits and two walks over four innings.
Fulmer has had a recurrence of right elbow ulnar neuritis and will visit Dr. James Andrews next week, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. This is pretty dire news for Fulmer, who has posted an uncharacteristic 6.15 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over his last seven starts. He should be considered out indefinitely, and in single-season leagues, it's reasonable to cut bait. Chad Bell will come up to take Fulmer's spot in the rotation Sunday and Artie Lewicki will be selected to start on Monday.
Fulmer (10-12) fell to the Rockies on Tuesday, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk over 6.1 innings while striking out three. After the Tigers tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning, Fulmer came back out and was greeted by back-to-back singles before a Carlos Gonzalez sac fly ended his night and stuck him with the loss. Fulmer now has a rough 5.18 ERA and 14:9 K:BB in four starts (24.1 innings) since returning from the DL, making him a risky play Sunday at home against Cleveland.
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