Michael Fulmer injury update: Tigers pitcher facing Tommy John surgery, team says

This is really bad news for Tigers fans.

Right-hander Michael Fulmer, who experienced soreness in his elbow after a recent bullpen session, has been advised, in a second opinion by Dr. James Andrews, to undergo Tommy John surgery, the team announced Tuesday.

An update on Michael Fulmer: pic.twitter.com/i01SrPy2iB

Fulmer was shut down by the Tigers last week to focus on his lower-body mechanics, manager Rod Gardenhire told reporters. He did not say at the time the starter was shut down due to injury, but Fulmer had an MRI exam on the elbow.

The righty underwent ulnar transposition surgery on his elbow in September 2017 and missed the rest of the season.

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Fulmer then went 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA with the Tigers last season after coming back from the surgery. Before the season-ending surgery in 2017, he was 10-12 with a 3.83 ERA in 164 2/3 innings pitched and was 11-7 in 2016 with a 3.06 ERA.

It is unclear what the timetable for the potential ligament-transplant surgery would be if he elects to have it (the team says he is seeking a third opinion).

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