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32 Michael Fulmer SP

Detroit Tigers

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March 23, 2019 09:52 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Officially placed on IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Tigers placed Fulmer (elbow) on the Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press Saturday.

The transaction creates an opening on the 40-man roster for Gordon Beckham, who has emerged as the victor in the spring job battle for the top utility infield job with the Tigers. Per Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, Fulmer is slated to undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday and will be sidelined for the entire 2019 season and quite likely, a sizable portion of the 2020 campaign.

March 20, 2019 09:20 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Will undergo Tommy John surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

A third opinion on Fulmer's injured elbow confirmed the previous two diagnoses, and he has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery, Evan Woodbery of reports.

Fulmer had trouble with his velocity and mechanics earlier in camp, but he felt discomfort after a recent bullpen session and underwent an MRI, which revealed the tear in his elbow ligament. He wanted to get several looks at the MRI results, but all of them came back the same, so instead of preparing for the regular season, he will undergo surgery in the near future and miss the entire season, and likely part of the 2020 campaign as well. A better estimate at Fulmer's return timetable should be revealed after the procedure is completed.

March 19, 2019 01:08 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Tommy John surgery recommended
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Fulmer's velocity had been considerably down this spring, yet the news still comes as a surprise, as he'd been reportedly dealing with a mechanical issue and a potential knee injury. Elbow concerns hadn't been mentioned, but he's had two doctors recommend the surgery and will now seek a third opinion. Assuming he does indeed go through with the procedure, Fulmer would miss all of 2019 and at least a few months of 2020 as well.

March 15, 2019 07:20 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Throws bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer completed a bullpen session Friday morning without a knee brace, Jason Beck of reports.

Fulmer has apparently been bothered by a knee issue which helps to explain his drop in velocity this spring and why the team opted to shut him down to refine his lower-body mechanics. The 26-year-old is still working to regain explosiveness in his delivery as his status for Opening Day is in severe doubt.

March 14, 2019 04:16 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Shut down to work on mechanics
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer has been shut down as he attempts to refine his lower-body mechanics, Jason Beck of reports. "We have no timetable for when he's going to get back on the mound," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

His velocity has been way down this spring, sitting in the 89-91 mph range with his fastball, which is a stark contrast to the mid-90s fastball he displayed in past years when he was at his best. The fact that the team is labeling it as a shut down puts his availability for the start of the season in significant jeopardy. Obviously the first priority will be to get him right, so he should be considered out indefinitely.

March 10, 2019 01:44 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Velocity remains down
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer was mostly sitting in the 89-91 mph range with his fastball in his Grapefruit League start Saturday, Jason Beck of reports.

Fulmer allowed two runs and struck out three over three innings in the outing, and he now has a 7.88 ERA this spring. The 25-year-old previously said he's confident his velocity will ramp up closer to the start of the regular season. Fulmer averaged 95.8 mph on his fastball in 2018, and it will be worth monitoring his radar readings in his next handful of starts.

March 6, 2019 07:44 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Says velocity will come
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer said he isn't worried about decreased velocity early in spring training and is confident his fastball will tick up by the start of the regular season, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free-Press reports.

In a Grapefruit League start Monday, Fulmer was mostly sitting in the 89-91 mph range with his fastball, which is a drop from the 95.8 mph he averaged a season ago. However, the righty said his velocity will come. "If it keeps going up, then great, I'll be ready when the season starts, which is perfect because you want to peak at that time," he said. "It will come out, don't worry." Fulmer sounds pretty confident, and it's probably only worth worrying if the velocity stays down into late March.

February 28, 2019 06:08 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Roughed up in first spring start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer allowed four runs on three hits and one walk through two innings Wednesday against the Yankees.

Fulmer actually came away with the win Wednesday, as the Tigers hung five runs on the Yankees in the bottom of the first inning. While it wasn't Fulmer's finest outing, it was encouraging to see him get through the outing pain-free, as he's returning from offseason knee surgery and hadn't pitched in a game since September of 2018. Per Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, the right-hander is wearing a brace on his surgically-repaired knee in spring not only to hold his meniscus in place, but also to help him adjust to new mechanics; he changed his delivery in an attempt to take some of the stress off his right knee following two surgeries in five years. "I was just focusing on my mechanics and making sure I was pain-free," said Fulmer afterwards. "Everything will come. I just need some reps."

February 18, 2019 09:40 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Back at camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (personal) returned to the Tigers' spring training facility Monday, Jason Beck of reports.

Fulmer left camp late last week and returned to his home state of Oklahoma to be with his father, who underwent quadruple bypass surgery. The 25-year-old right-hander said his father is recuperating well, so it's not expected that Fulmer will miss much further time during spring training. He was absent for only two workouts while he was back in Oklahoma, so he won't be too far behind his fellow pitchers during camp.

February 16, 2019 12:24 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Away from camp for personal reasons
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer has been away from the Tigers for a few days for personal reasons, Jason Beck of reports.

Fulmer is reportedly attending to a family issue. The delay is unlikely to affect his preparation for Opening Day, as he's expected back as soon as Sunday.

February 15, 2019 01:32 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Loses arbitration case
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer lost his arbitration case Friday, Jeff Passan of reports.

Fulmer filed for $3.4 million but will wind up making just $2.8 million. The 25-year-old had been on track for a good deal more than that after two strong years to start his career but stumbled significantly in his third season. Injuries limited him to just 24 starts as he slumped to a 4.69 ERA. After surgery to repair a torn right meniscus in September, he appears to be on track for Opening Day and perhaps a bounceback year.

February 11, 2019 02:40 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Returns to mound work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (knee) threw off a mound Monday, The Detroit News reports.

Fulmer underwent knee surgery to repair a torn right meniscus in mid-September. Though he was reportedly behind schedule at one point during the offseason, he was still expected to be ready by the start of spring training, and he has indeed been able to hit that timeline. Barring setbacks, he should be fully up to speed by Opening Day.

December 18, 2018 11:24 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: On track for spring training
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 6, 2018 05:12 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Slowly recovering from knee surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 21, 2018 04:52 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Placed on 60-day disabled list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (knee) was placed on the 60-day disabled list Friday.

The move is purely a procedural one, as Fulmer has already been ruled out for the year after surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He's expected to be ready to go by the start of spring training. The transaction frees a spot on the 40-man roster for Harold Castro, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move.

September 20, 2018 01:24 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Undergoes successful surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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).

September 18, 2018 05:32 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Expected to undergo knee surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 17, 2018 04:16 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: MRI reveals damaged meniscus
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

An MRI on Fulmer's right knee revealed damage to the meniscus, Jason Beck of 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.

September 17, 2018 12:52 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Set for MRI on knee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer will undergo an MRI on his right knee Monday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

Fulmer exited his start Saturday after just five pitches with an inflamed right knee. Given the timing of the injury, he'll likely be shut down for the year unless the issue is minor, though a precise timetable won't become clear until after the MRI.

September 15, 2018 04:20 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Leaves during first inning
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer exited Saturday's start after five pitches due to right knee inflammation, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

Fulmer faced only two batters before leaving the game, giving up back-to-back home runs to Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley. The severity of the injury is currently unclear.

Situational Stats
vs LHB 72.000 5.7502757
vs RHB 60.100 3.4301953
Last 7 Games
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Fantasy Points by Week

Pitching Stats
2016DET117 3.0626261100 159.0136575416942132
2017DET1012 3.8325251000 164.2150807013840114
2018DET312 4.6924240000 132.1128756919546110
Total 2431 3.8175752100 456.04142121934822128356
Batting Stats
2016DET26200000200 .000 .000 .000
2017DET25500000200 .000 .000 .000
2018DET24600000400 .000 .000 .000
Total 761300000800 .000 .000 .000
Fielding Stats
2016DETP262630161312 .967
2017DETP25252091010 .950
Total  757575363722 .973
More Pitching Stats
2016DET1179149 1.3242011 .231647 10.6 .3610
2017DET2206158 1.4341013 .243676 10.8 .3500
2018DET1146123 1.3014001 .254558 12.2 .4370
Total 4531430 1.3597025 .2421881 11.1 .3790
Minor League Pitching Stats
2011R-Gcl Mets01 10.8043000 5.097601410
2012AFX-Savannah Sand Gnats76 2.742121100108.19237336638101
2013AFA-St. Lucie Mets22 3.4477000 34.0241313141829
2013R-Gcl Mets11 3.0022000 12.094401113
2014AFA-St. Lucie Mets610 3.971919000 95.11125242783186
2014AA-Binghamton Mets01 16.2011000 3.16661031
2015AFA-St. Lucie Mets00 3.8611000 7.04331009
2015AA-Binghamton Mets62 1.881515000 86.0732518312383
2015AA-Erie Seawolves41 2.8466000 31.227101040733
2016AAA-Toledo Mud Hens11 4.1133000 15.1168731520

Player Info

Oklahoma City, OK
Detroit Tigers

MLB Experience:

2016: AL Rookie of the Year