DETROIT (AP/WJBK) - The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday that pitcher Michael Fulmer has been recommended to have season-ending Tommy John surgery.
On March 14th, Manager Ron Gardenhire announced he would not pitch in games in the near future, focusing on lower-body mechanics.
The team statement released on Tuesday read:
"Following a recent bullpen session, Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer began to experience right elbow soreness. Based on the results of an MRI, and after receiving a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Tommy John Surgery has been recommended in order to reconstruct the UCL. Fulmer is seeking a third opinion at this time."
Fulmer, 26, won AL Rookie of the Year honors in 2016 but has struggled to return to that form. He was 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA last year, his season cut short in mid-September because of knee problems.
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