Tigers injuries pile up: here’s the latest on Spencer Turnbull, Michael Fulmer
Injuries add up in baseball and the Detroit Tigers are no exception.
The Tigers put two pitchers on the injured list this weekend: Spencer Turnbull, perhaps the club’s best starter, went to the IL on Saturday with right forearm strain; and Michael Fulmer, perhaps the club’s best reliever at this point, hasn’t pitched since May 30 and was placed on the IL on Sunday with shoulder strain.
Eight players on the 40-player roster are currently on the major or minor league injured roster. That doesn’t include Julio Teheran, who is on the 60-day injured list with no return in sight after making just one start this season.
The series of injuries prompted roster maneuvers on Sunday, when the Tigers nominated outfielder JaCoby Jones for an assignment so they could add pitcher Jason Foley to the 40-man roster and then promote him to the big leagues. .
If the Tigers want to promote other non-roster pitchers – whether it’s a veteran like Wily Peralta or a younger guy like Drew Carlton – later this summer, that might require more churn. .
Here is the latest news regarding the two new injuries:
Turnbull: The right-hander left after four races on Saturday with discomfort in his right forearm. Early reports are encouraging and the Tigers appear to be hopeful that Turnbull won’t be out for very long.
“There is no structural damage,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “It’s muscular in nature. He has inflammation that he is dealing with, but we were very happy with the initial diagnosis.
Fulmer: Hinch said the original plan was to give Fulmer a few days off in Milwaukee due to his recent heavy workload. But Fulmer’s fatigue turned to discomfort when he tried to pitch ahead of Saturday’s game. The Tigers decided to get a new arm and give Fulmer a longer break on the IL.
“He reported that he didn’t feel right, and it’s a lot different than going through a dead arm or a tired arm or not feeling like your strength is there,” Hinch said.
Fulmer will see doctors and undergo tests for due diligence, but Hinch said he sees it as time off more than anything else.
The Tigers played 58 games in 2021, the same number of games they played in the shortened 2020 season. (It was a 60-game schedule, but two games were never made up).
This means the summer could be a long one with more injuries to come.
“I think it’s a reality check, and I think it’s circulating at 30 clubs,” Hinch said.