Detroit Tigers right-handed reliever Michael Fulmer is just one of the many players who've had injury issues throughout the 2021 MLB season. The 28-year-old RHP has found himself stuck on the injured list since the end of June with a right cervical spine strain. Fortunately, Detroit received some good news Saturday morning regarding Fulmer's latest injury update.
Tigers manager A.J. Hinch told reporters on Saturday that Fulmer was "doing great" and could end up going through a bullpen session sometime this weekend. Considering how the former All-Star has only been playing long toss as of late, this update is certainly a step in the right direction.
Michael Fulmer Injury Update
Hinch also said that if the bullpen session goes well, Fulmer will face live batters with a chance that he can begin his rehab assignment sometime in the next week or so.
After a 2020 campaign that saw him go 0-2 with an 8.78 ERA through 10 starts, Fulmer transitioned into being a reliever for the Tigers this season. While it took a bit of an adjustment, he was settling into his new role ahead of his injury. So far, Fulmer has pitched to a 4-4 record, 4.05 ERA and 1.300 WHIP.
Even if Fulmer does return to the bullpen as soon as possible, the Tigers' season is practically over. Still, Fulmer returning to full health and having a strong finish to the year would definitely give something for Tigers fans to cheer about in the second half.
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