Tigers News: Detroit Gets Concerning Update On Michael Fulmer Injury
Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher Michael Fulmer hasn't had the best luck when it comes to injuries this season. After landing on the injured list at the beginning of June with a shoulder strain, the veteran right has found himself back on the 10-day IL earlier this week with a neck strain. Fast forward to Wednesday and the Tigers have received a concerning injury update.
The Athletic's Cody Stavenhagen reported on Wednesday that Fulmer's next doctor's appointment will be this Friday. Until the team gets an update on his condition, Fulmer won't be participating in any sort of baseball activities.
Michael Fulmer Injury Update
While the latest injury update is concerning, it's a good thing that the Tigers are being cautious about Fulmer's situation. After all, a neck injury is one thing you never want to mess around with. Nevertheless, the overall situation is frustrating as it seems like Fulmer can't stay in the rotation for a prolonged period of time.
Fulmer spent the entirety of his career as a starting pitcher up until the 2021 MLB season. Since the new campaign began, he's started in 4 games while pitching in relief in 21 others. So far, he's excelled as a reliever, pitching to a 3-2 record, 3.62 ERA and 6 saves while striking out 35 batters through 27.1 innings pitched. For comparison, Fulmer is 1-2 with a 4.97 ERA in just 12.2 IP as a starter.
There's no doubt that Fulmer's absence is a blow to Detroit's pitching staff. The Tigers currently have a team ERA of 4.59 while giving up 8.76 hits per 9 IP, both of which rank in the bottom 10. Needless to say, Fulmer's injury will make it more difficult for the Tigers to go on a playoff push as the second half of the 2021 season approaches.
Detroit is currently 12.5 games back of the first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central and 12.0 games out of the final Americal League wild card spot.
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