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Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Slowly recovering from knee surgery
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.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Kody Eaves: Returns on minor-league deal
Eaves agreed to a minor-league contract with the Tigers that includes an invitation to spring training.
Eaves is unlikely to make the big-league roster after spending the majority of this past season at the Double-A level. He did earn a promotion to Triple-A Toledo in late July but hit just .160/.232/.240 with four RBI and 21 strikeouts in 22 games with the Mud Hens.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Bobby Wilson: Inks deal with Tigers
Wilson signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Tuesday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
Wilson will report to Triple-A Toledo. The veteran backstop appeared in 47 games for the Twins in 2018, slashing .178/.242/.281 with two homers in 47 games. He figures to serve as organizational catching depth in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Louis Coleman: Returns on minor-league pact
Coleman signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers.
The 32-year-old righty was recently cast off the 40-man roster but will return to Detroit in hopes of re-earning his spot in the majors. He logged a 3.51 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 51.1 innings in 2018, but the Tigers will likely be looking to give more opportunities to their younger bullpen arms.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Matt Moore: Lands in Detroit
Moore agreed to a one-year contract with the Tigers on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
According to Passan, the deal -- which is still pending a physical -- guarantees Moore between $2 and $3 million dollars. The southpaw struggled in 2018, posting a 6.79 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 7.6 K/9 across 102 innings for the Rangers. He was bounced from Texas' rotation in June after compiling an 8.02 ERA through 12 starts, though he should still get an opportunity to win a rotation spot for the pitching-starved Tigers in 2019. Moore owns a 5.22 ERA and 7.7 K/9 over the last four seasons, so he doesn't figure to carry much fantasy value regardless of his role.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Franklin Perez: Added to 40-man roster
Perez (shoulder) had his contract selected from High-A Lakeland on Monday.
Perez was added to the 40-man roster as the Tigers looked to protect the young right-hander from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. He covered just 11 innings for Lakeland in 2018 thanks to lat and shoulder injuries -- the second of which was season-ending. Perez has since made a full recovery from both issues and should report back to High-A or to Double-A Erie to begin the 2019 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Grayson Long: On track in rehab
Long is on track in his recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
Long went under the knife in mid-April and is currently rehabbing in Dallas. Barring any setbacks, it sounds like the right-hander will be back to full health by the time spring training rolls around. The 24-year-old Long last pitched in 2017, when he posted a 3.01 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 128:43 K:BB across 137.2 innings at Double-A.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Kade Scivicque: Re-ups with former club
Scivicque agreed to a minor-league deal with the Tigers on Wednesday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
Scivicque played in 34 games with Triple-A Toledo last year, slashing .230/.285/.345 with two home runs and eight RBI. The 25-year-old will return to the Triple-A level in 2019 while serving as organizational depth at the catching position.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Jose Cisnero: Inks deal with Tigers
Cisnero signed a minor-league contract with Detroit on Friday that includes an invite to spring training.
Cisnero has spent the last few years outside Major League Baseball, including a stint in the Dominican Winter League with Leones del Escogido this past season. The 29-year-old right-hander has pitched in 33 big-league games, with a majority of those outings coming with Houston in 2013. He will battle for a spot in the Tigers' bullpen during spring training.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Pete Kozma: Re-signs with former club
Kozma agreed to a minor-league contract with Detroit on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Kozma will remain in the Tigers' organization for the second straight season after spending a majority of the 2018 campaign at the Triple-A level. He is set to compete for an Opening Day spot in spring training, but the 30-year-old shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a depth piece after slashing .217/.236/.348 in 27 games with the big-league team last year.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Brandon Dixon: Claimed by Tigers
Dixon was claimed off waivers by the Tigers on Friday.
Dixon made his major-league debut with the Reds in 2018, though he struggled to a .178/.218/.356 line with five homers in 74 games. The 26-year-old also appeared in 49 games with Triple-A Louisville, slashing .346/.389/.570 with six homers. Dixon should get an opportunity to compete for a utility role in spring training.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Jose Fernandez: Claimed off waivers
Fernandez was claimed off waivers by the Tigers on Friday.
Fernandez spent the month of September up in the big leagues for Toronto after working at the Triple-A level for a majority of the season. In 13 appearances with the Blue Jays, he allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking out six in 10.2 innings of relief. The 25-year-old could use a little more seasoning in the minors but should have a chance to win a major-league roster spot in spring training.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Harold Castro: Clears waivers
Castro cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.
Castro will stay with the Tigers after being cast off the 40-man roster earlier this week. The 24-year-old spent a majority of the 2018 season at the Triple-A level, where he slashed .257/.270/.315 with two home runs, 19 RBI and three stolen bases for Toledo.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Jim Adduci: Heads to free agency
Adduci elected free agency Thursday.
Adduci was dropped from the Tigers' 40-man roster Wednesday and will hit the free-agent market this winter after spending the past two season in Detroit's organization. Across 59 games in 2018, he hit .267 with a .676 OPS and 21 RBI.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Louis Coleman: Sent outright to Triple-A
Coleman was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Coleman was eligible for arbitration this offseason had he stayed on the roster, prompting the Tigers to drop him from their 40-man rather than pay him. He posted a 3.51 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 41:24 K:BB across 51.1 innings of relief in 2018.... See More ... See Less
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