Detroit Tigers Call Up Michael Fulmer; Will Make MLB Debut on Friday
The Detroit Tigers call up Michael Fulmer from Triple-A Toledo and he will make his major league debut Friday against the Minnesota Twins. He is replacing Shane Greene, who was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Monday and will miss his next two starts.
Greene had to leave his start against the Cleveland Indians this past Sunday in the 4th inning with blister issues. The door is now open for Fulmer to show the Tigers and manager Brad Ausmus he is ready for the big leagues. The Tigers are not committing both of Greene’s starts to Fulmer just yet. They likely want to wait to see how he performs on Friday, since they do have other options.
Matt Boyd, who made 10 starts last year for the Tigers after being acquired in the David Price trade, Daniel Norris, who is rehabbing in Triple-A as he recovers from a back injury, and Buck Farmer, who was recalled Tuesday from Triple-A, all could start for the Tigers.
Despite being sent down in spring training, Fulmer left an impression on the coaching staff and his teammates. It’s easy to see the stuff is there, as Fulmer regularly hits 95+ mph with his fastball and has a devastating, sharp slider. His command has continued to improve as he’s moved up the minor leagues. After a great start in Double-A Binghamton in 2015, the former 1st round pick was dealt to Detroit from the New York Mets in the Yoenis Cespedes deal.
He continued his strong performance at Double-A Erie and was named 2015 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year. Not wanting to rush him, the Tigers decided to let the 23-year old right hander further develop in Triple-A Toldeo to start the 2016 season. He is 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA in his three starts with Toledo this season, pitching 15.1 innings and striking out 20.
Detroit Tigers Need More From Their Pitchers
The Tigers’ rotation could use a jolt of life as the group has struggled to start the season. Prized free agent signing Jordan Zimmermann has more than lived up to expectations going 4-0 with 0.35 ERA, allowing only 1 earned run in his four starts. Justin Verlander, (2-2, 5.46 ERA), Anibal Sanchez, (2-2, 7.00 ERA) and Mike Pelfrey (0-4, 4.64 ERA) however, have all disappointed for a team that expects to contend for World Series. After spending nearly $250 million dollars on free agents, the Tigers sit at 10-10.
If Fulmer comes in and performs, he could be in Detroit for good. Just expect to hear about an innings limit as the rookie’s season high for innings pitched is just 124.2.
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