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32 Michael Fulmer SP

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August 1, 2020 06:04 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Start postponed by rain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 27, 2020 11:08 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Struggles in return to mound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 26, 2020 10:24 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Working as opener Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 23, 2020 09:52 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Activated from IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 22, 2020 10:48 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Beginning season as opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Ron Gardenhire said Wednesday that Fulmer (elbow) will begin the season in an "opener-type" role, Evan Woodbery of reports.

Gardenhire has alluded to the 27-year-old opening the season with a limited workload throughout training camp, so this announcement hardly comes as a surprise. Fulmer should work his way to a traditional starter's workload eventually, but he'll start the season being limited to a few innings. Tyler Alexander is a likely option to fill innings during Fulmer's shorter outings.

July 20, 2020 06:36 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Expected to begin in piggyback role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (elbow) is expected to open the season as a piggyback starter, Jason Beck of reports.

Fulmer says he's ready to start after working his way back from Tommy John surgery, a procedure he underwent back in March of 2019, though the Tigers seemingly won't ask him to handle a starter's workload right away. Fulmer is already a relatively uninteresting fantasy option, as he posted a 4.69 ERA and a 19.7 percent strikeout rate in his most recent healthy season back in 2018, and he becomes even less interesting if his innings are limited.

July 18, 2020 02:00 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Ready to start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (elbow) believes he's ready to be a part of the Tigers' rotation, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Players being optimistic about their own readiness is hardly a new phenomenon, though there aren't too many reasons to doubt Fulmer's self-assessment here. It's now been 16 months since he underwent Tommy John surgery, a fairly typical length of time for getting back into game action. He threw three innings in live batting practice Saturday, meaning he's probably just a session or two from being able to handle a typical starter's workload. Whether or not he has broad fantasy relevance is another matter, as his 4.69 ERA and 19.7 percent strikeout rate his most recent season back in 2018 were far from exciting.

July 14, 2020 08:36 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Early role uncertain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer's (elbow) role at the start of the season remains unclear, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

The delayed season has bought Fulmer the time to return from Tommy John surgery, a procedure he underwent back in March of 2019, without missing any more time. The Tigers may not be comfortable giving him a starting role right away, however, with manager Ron Gardenhire mentioning the possibility of using him as an opener until he builds up stamina. The 27-year-old was an unexciting option in his most recent healthy season, posting a 4.69 ERA and a 19.7 percent strikeout rate back in 2018, and his stock takes a further hit if he winds up making only eight or nine true starts this season.

July 8, 2020 08:28 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Pitches in intrasquad game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (elbow) tossed two innings in an intrasquad game Wednesday, allowing an unearned run and striking out one, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

It was Fulmer's first action in a game setting since spring training of 2019, so while it was just a scrimmage, it was good to see the righty on the mound. The team didn't have a radar gun on him, meaning no velocity readings to gauge quite yet. Fulmer will continue to build up his arm during summer camp, and the team could use him in a long-relief role to begin the season to limit his workload after he missed all of last year.

July 5, 2020 12:48 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Looks lighter in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (elbow) appears to have lost some weight during his rehab from Tommy John surgery, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

It's unclear exactly how much weight Fulmer shed, but onlookers at Detroit's summer camp noted that the 27-year-old appeared to be in good shape. "I just feel more efficient," Fulmer said. "I feel like I'm using my body in better ways, putting less stress on the elbow and less stress on the knee, just to be more efficient and not be as violent. Putting my body in the best position." Physical conditioning will be critical for Fulmer, who last pitched in the majors in 2018. The Tigers have said the righty is ready to go, but they figure to carefully monitor his innings and could have him pitch out of the bullpen to start the season to reduce his workload.

July 3, 2020 11:16 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Tosses bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (elbow) threw a bullpen session as the Tigers resumed workouts Friday, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

Fulmer underwent Tommy John surgery back in March of 2019. He was originally expected to miss roughly half of this season, but the delayed start means he should be ready to go once play resumes, albeit presumably on a carefully managed workload. The 27-year-old righty owns a solid 3.81 ERA through three MLB seasons, though his ERA jumped considerably each year, coming in at a career-worst 4.69 in 2018.

June 24, 2020 11:48 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Available for season restart
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Wednesday that Fulmer (elbow) has been cleared for full baseball activities and will be included on Detroit's 60-man roster when the MLB season resumes in late July, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

Back in spring training, the Tigers placed Fulmer on the 60-day injured list with the knowledge that his recovery from his March 2019 Tommy John surgery would extend through at least late May. The right-hander has been able to advance through a throwing program without incident in the three-plus months since the league-wide shutdown, with Avila noting that Fulmer has been able to pitch in simulated games of up to three innings, per Jason Beck of The Tigers will still have to formally activate Fulmer from the IL, but the expanded roster from 40 men to 60 should make that transaction merely a procedural one. Detroit is still likely to monitor the 27-year-old's workload carefully coming off a major surgery, but expect the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year to immediately reclaim a spot in the Tigers' Opening Day rotation. In his last season in 2018, Fulmer posted a 4.69 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 110:46 K:BB over 132.1 innings.

May 5, 2020 01:40 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Not ready to face hitters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tigers pitching coach Rick Anderson said Tuesday that there's "no chance" Fulmer (elbow) will be cleared to face hitters soon, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. "I mean, you never say never, but I don't see it," Anderson said. "He might be ready to see hitters, but I believe when we start our second spring training, whenever that will be, that would be the time to see Michael face hitters."

Now in the 14th month of his recovery from last year's Tommy John surgery, Fulmer is throwing regularly off the mound and has previously said that he's "100 percent pain-free," but the Tigers aren't inclined to rush him coming off a major arm operation. Instead, Fulmer will likely just gradually increase the intensity and frequency of his bullpen sessions at the Tigers' spring training facility until full-squad workouts resume, perhaps at some point in June. Fulmer is still hopeful to slot back into the Detroit rotation later this summer, but the possibility of no minor-league season could deprive him of opportunities to prove his health and build up his workload in rehab games, which may result in his recovery timeline being extended.

April 13, 2020 07:36 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Throwing off mound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (elbow) is throwing off a mound at the Tigers' spring training facility and could be ready to join the team when the delayed regular season is able to begin, Jason Beck of reports.

Fulmer underwent Tommy John surgery before the start of last season and it was expected that he'd be out until around midseason this year. However, with play suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 27-year-old may actually be ready to go by the new Opening Day, depending on when it is. Tigers' manager Ron Gardenhire said that Fulmer is "doing great" and is ramping up his activity, though the righty will still need to face live batters before he is cleared to return.

March 23, 2020 08:48 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Timetable likely unchanged
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer should be able to continue his rehab work while the MLB season is delayed and is likely still on track for a return to the majors after midseason, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

While team activities are significantly hampered by the coronavirus, most of Fulmer's rehab work is solo, meaning he should be able to make progress during the delay. The 27-year-old has yet to resume throwing at maximum effort, but the Tigers have no reason to rush him at this point. He will likely continue to slowly ramp up his throwing program at the team's spring facility in the absence of any games.

February 17, 2020 09:36 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Hoping to progress next month
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (elbow) said he hopes to throw off a mound sometime in mid-March as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, Jason Beck of reports.

Fulmer was recently transferred to the 60-day injured list as the team made room for the newly signed Cameron Maybin. Fulmer isn't expected to debut until after midseason, and the Tigers will no doubt be cautious with the 26-year-old righty after he missed the entire 2019 campaign.

February 12, 2020 03:56 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Moves to 60-day injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.

The Tigers needed to remove someone from the 40-man roster in order to sign Cameron Maybin to a major-league deal. Fulmer was the natural choice, as he isn't expected to return from Tommy John surgery before midseason.

January 23, 2020 06:44 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Throwing from 90 feet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (elbow) is throwing from 90 feet on flat ground, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

Fulmer is slowly working his way back to full strength after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late March. The right-hander is expected to increase his throwing distance to 120 feet next week before hopefully progressing to mound work thereafter. The hope is that Fulmer will be ready to return at some point this summer.

January 6, 2020 08:16 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Avoids arbitration
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (elbow) signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Tigers on Monday, avoiding arbitration.

Fulmer was forced to miss the entire 2019 campaign after going under the knife in March, but he's expected back at some point during the 2020 season, likely in July if all goes according to plan. He was cleared to play catch in mid-December and will continue to ramp up his throwing as appropriate. Fulmer last pitched for the Tigers in 2018, posting a 4.69 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with a 110:46 K:BB over 132.1 innings of work in 24 starts.

December 10, 2019 09:20 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Resumes playing catch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vice president of baseball operations Al Avila said Tuesday that Fulmer (elbow) resumed playing catch and feels good, Evan Woodbery of reports.

Fulmer missed the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late March, so any positive progress in his recovery is welcome news. The 26-year-old won't have a firm timetable for his return until much later in the recovery process, but at this point he's targeting a return in July.

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Oklahoma City, OK
Detroit Tigers

MLB Experience:

2016: AL Rookie of the Year