General manager Al Avila said last week that Fulmer has regained full range of motion in his surgically repaired right knee and remains on track to be ready for the start of spring training, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. A report earlier this month suggested that Fulmer was slightly behind in his recovery from surgery to address a damaged meniscus and frayed cartilage, but Avila's comments paint a rosier picture of the right-hander's recovery. Fulmer will presumably test out the health of his knee in workouts later this winter, and if he gets the green light from his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, the 25-year-old should report to spring training without any limitations.
Fulmer is set to meet Wednesday with Dr. James Andrews for a follow-up visit regarding his surgically repaired knee before beginning his rehab at the Tigers' spring-training complex, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. For the second time in five years, Fulmer required surgery -- Sept. 20 to address a balky right knee, with Andrews repairing the right-hander's damaged meniscus and cleaning up some frayed cartilage. Andrews also performed a modified micro-fracture procedure to stimulate blood flow to the knee, which leaves Fulmer hopeful he'll be back to full strength when pitchers and catchers report for spring training Feb. 12. Given that Fulmer's surgery was slightly more extensive than initially believed, it doesn't look like nearly as much of a lock as it once did that he'll be on the mound when workouts get underway, but his availability for the start of the season shouldn't be seriously threatened. Since taking home American League Rookie of the Year honors in 2016, Fulmer has seen both his ERA and WHIP decline in the subsequent two campaigns.
Fulmer underwent successful knee surgery Thursday and will miss the remainder of the season, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Fulmer opted for surgery after Dr. James Andrews confirmed the right-hander suffered a torn right meniscus. The procedure typically carries a recovery timetable of three or four months, so the expectation is that he'll be ready to go by the start of spring training. Fulmer finished the season with a 4.69 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 110:46 K:BB across 24 starts (132.1 innings).
Fulmer is expected to undergo surgery for a torn right meniscus Thursday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Fulmer will receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday but the expectation is that surgery will be necessary. The recovery time for such a surgery is typically three or four months, which should give Fulmer plenty of time to recover before spring training.
An MRI on Fulmer's right knee revealed damage to the meniscus, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. The severity of the damage remains unclear, but this could very well mean the end of Fulmer's 2018 season. He's set to have the MRI results reviewed by Dr. James Andrews.