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Michael Fulmer likely headed for Tommy John surgery

Detroit Tigers v Houston Astros

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 14: Michael Fulmer #32 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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Michael Fulmer was the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year Award winner. Last year he had his worst season as a major leaguer, finishing 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA and a 110/46 K/BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings. This spring he has been utterly lost in eight innings of work, getting hit hard and exhibiting diminished velocity. A few days ago, the Tigers shut him down and said they’d work on his mechanics.

Now comes the news that no one wanted to hear: the Tigers have announced that Dr. James Andrews has recommended that he get Tommy John surgery.

Fulmer is said to be seeking a third opinion -- before Andrews he had an MRI and team doctors feared the worst -- but let’s be real about what’s gonna happen here: Fulmer is going to miss the entire 2019 season and, in all likelihood, a good chunk of 2020 as well.

Tough break for Fulmer, one of the few good pitchers the Tigers had developed in some time.

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