Tigers Place Fulmer On DL With Trade Rumors Swirling

The 25-year-old is starting to feel like damaged goods.

Will Burchfield
July 20, 2018 - 7:25 pm

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You can put the rumors to rest. Michael Fulmer, the Tigers' most sought-after asset with the July 31 trade deadline approaching, was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday with a left oblique strain, the team announced on Friday. 

If any contenders were willing to meet Detroit's sky-high demands for the 25-year-old pitcher, they won't be so inclined now. Fulmer will be sidelined until at least July 30. 

He was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits -- both season highs -- in his most recent start Saturday against the Astros, but made no mention afterward of an injury. He owns a 4.50 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP on the season. 

Fumler won AL Rookie of the Year in 2016, but hasn't been quite as dominant since. His ERA over the last two seasons is north of 4.00. 

He's still one of the hardest-throwing starters in baseball, but between his oblique strain and the elbow surgery he underwent last September -- plus a violent delivery that portends more trouble -- Fulmer is starting to look like damaged goods. 

The Tigers are reportedly focused on trading the veteran trio of Francisco Liriano, Mike Fiers and Leonys Martin before the deadline. Jose Iglesias could be moved as well. 

Fulmer, it's almost certain, will not be.