On early Tuesday afternoon the Detroit Tigers announce that Pitcher, Michael Fulmer, needs Tommy John Surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament inside his right elbow.
Fulmer was shut down by the Detroit Tigers last week to “refine his lower-body mechanics,” per Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire. After exploring the issue more a MRI reveled that the Tigers' Ace needs to have reconstructive surgery on his trowing arm's UCL.
This is just the most recent injury for the 2016 Rookie of the Year, Fulmer’s 2017 season was cut short with right elbow ulnar nerve transposition surgery. Last season, he had his third right knee meniscus surgery, which was believed to be the cause of his decreasing fastball.
Fulmer would rehab from surgery this off-season and reported to spring training in a knee brace that was prescribed and recommended by doctors to prevent future injury.
Fulmer will look to get a third opinion on his elbow after not being satisfied with the team doctors and Dr. James Andrews diagnosis.