Funkhouser was optioned to the Tigers' alternate training site Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Funkhouser made his big-league debut at the start of this season and had remained on the roster all year to this point, though he did very little with his opportunities. In 16.1 innings of relief, he posted a 6.06 ERA, a 1.71 WHIP and a 12:9 K:BB.
Funkhouser (0-1) allowed five earned runs on four hits and two walks in an inning of work to take the loss Monday against the Royals.
It was an MLB debut to forget for Funkhouser, who got rocked despite not allowing a home run on a night in which Kansas City hit six long balls. That's a very faint silver lining for the 26-year-old, who was hoping to make a good impression in the majors after a four-year climb through the team's farm system. Detroit is rebuilding and isn't particularly deep in the bullpen, so Funkhouser should be allowed to work through his struggles in the big leagues, though he doesn't figure to work in a high-leverage role for the Tigers.
The Tigers recalled Funkhouser from Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.
A fourth-round draft pick in 2016, Funkhouser will be up with the big club for the first time in his career after a slow, but steady climb through the Tigers' farm system. Funkhouser has worked exclusively as a starter during his minor-league career, but he's expected to work in long relief initially with Dario Agrazal positioned to begin the season as the club's fifth starter.
Funkhouser will be a part of the Tigers' 60-man player pool this season.
Funkhouser was optioned to Triple-A Toledo in March but will now provide depth on an expanded MLB roster. The 26-year-old made 18 starts at Triple-A last year and could be a rotation option if a need arises at any point this season for Detroit.
Funkhouser was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
He was a long shot to break camp with the big club after logging an 8.53 ERA in 18 starts at Triple-A a season ago. Funkhouser will serve as organizational pitching depth.
Funkhouser was added to the Tigers' 40-man roster on Wednesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
This protects the 25-year-old righty from the Rule 5 draft. Funkhouser's below-average command and control was exposed at Triple-A, as he had a 65:54 K:BB in 63.1 innings (18 starts). The Tigers may keep developing him as a starting pitcher, but it seems like the bullpen is his most realistic long-term home. He probably wouldn't have much success, but he may get some starts in the majors this season.
Funkhouser was placed on the temporary inactive list at Double-A Erie on Monday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
The reason for the move is not yet clear. Funkhouser had been working his way back up to Triple-A Toledo after suffering a right shoulder impingement in early May.
Funkhouser (shoulder) has been activated from the 7-day injured list and is starting Tuesday for High-A Lakeland, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
Funkhouser was moved to the minor-league injured list exactly a month ago due to a right shoulder impingement, but he's been cleared to return. He could draw a few starts at the lower levels of the minors before returning to Triple-A Toledo.
Funkhouser was placed on the minor-league injured list with a right shoulder impingement Saturday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
Funkhouser suffered the injury during Saturday's game at Triple-A Toledo. The 25-year-old remains without a timeline for his return but will be eligible to be activated May 12.
Funkhouser was reassigned to minor-league camp on Monday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Funkhouser gave up five runs through six innings of work in the Grapefruit League but also struck out seven hitters while displaying a fastball that hit 96 mph in his most recent outing Sunday. The 25-year-old will now likely turn his attention to the Triple-A level, and if Funkhouser pitches well there, he could make his MLB debut at some point this season for the rebuilding Tigers.
Funkhouser (foot) is listed among the Tigers' available pitchers for Wednesday's Grapefruit League game Wednesday versus the Yankees, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
The broken foot Funkhouser suffered in late July ended his 2018 campaign prematurely and denied him of a potential September callup to the Tigers. Now back to full strength following surgery, Funkhouser will likely be assigned to Triple-A Toledo at the conclusion of camp and should be near the top of the Tigers' short list for a promotion if the team requires another arm in the rotation.
Funkhouser broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and will require surgery, shutting him down for the season.
The injury occured when the young righty turned his ankle on an uneven sidewalk while walking home from a game. Funkhouser had just reached Triple-A Toledo, making two starts at that level after posting a solid 3.74 ERA in 17 starts for Double-A Erie. The injury will cost the 24-year-old some development time, but lower-body injuries tend to have less of a lingering effect than arm injuries for pitchers, so Funkhouser should be good to go next season. He'll likely begin the year with Toledo and could push for a midseason promotion if he pitches well at that level.
Funkhouser is set to replace Franklin Perez (lat) in the rotation at Double-A Erie, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
Funkhouser excelled during five starts with High-A Lakeland last year, posting a 1.72 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with a 34:6 K:BB over 31.1 innings. The right-hander remains one of the best young arms in the Tigers' farm system but is highly unlikely to work all the way up to the major-league level in 2018. That said, if Funkhauser is able to continue an upward trajectory, he could be a name to keep an eye on for next season.
Funkhouser was promoted to High-A Lakeland on Wednesday, Emily Waldon of 2080Baseball.com reports.
Funkhouser, 23, breezed through the Midwest League in five starts, compiling a 3.16 ERA and 49:13 K:BB over 31.1 innings. Though the Tigers nabbed him in the fourth round last summer, Funkhouser probably carries a bit more upside than most players selected around him, as he had previously been the 35th overall pick by the Dodgers in 2015, only to return to Louisville for his senior season and see his draft stock plummet. The 23-year-old figures to see his numbers tail off upon moving up to the Florida State League, but he still shapes up as one of the top arms in a fairly weak Detroit farm system.
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|09/09||vs MIL||L 0-19||0||0||0||1.0||3||3||2||0|
|09/06||@ MIN||W 10-8||1||0||0||2.0||1||1||1||2|
|09/02||@ MIL||L 5-8||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||2||2|
|09/01||@ MIL||W 12-1||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||1||0|
|08/24||vs CHC||L 3-9||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|08/22||@ CLE||L 1-6||0||0||0||1.2||3||1||0||0|
|08/20||@ CHW||L 0-9||0||0||0||2.0||2||0||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||31.1||5||5||1||1||1||0||34||6||23||1.74||0.932|
|2017||AFX-West Michigan Whitec||31.1||7||7||0||4||1||0||49||13||30||3.18||1.383|
|2018||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||8.2||2||2||0||0||2||0||7||10||8||6.58||2.195|
|2019||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||5.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||4||1||2||0.00||0.600|
|2019||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||63.1||18||18||0||3||7||0||65||54||79||8.56||2.108|