Yankees promote Mark Prior to Triple-A … and put him on DL

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Mark Prior reported to Single-A after signing a minor-league contract with the Yankees, but after allowing two runs in three innings there they promoted him to Triple-A. And now–you may want to sit down for this–he’s on the disabled list.

The good news is that is has nothing to do with his arm, as the DL stint is for a groin injury that the Yankees believe isn’t particularly serious. Still, the fact that he lasted just four total appearances before needing a break is an all too predictable setback for Prior’s efforts to resurrect his career as a reliever.

Reports of Prior’s velocity have been pretty encouraging dating back to spring training, so if he can get off the disabled list and stay healthy for a while he definitely has a chance to enter into the bullpen mix for the Yankees in the second half.

Michael Fulmer likely headed for Tommy John surgery

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Michael Fulmer was the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year Award winner. Last year he had his worst season as a major leaguer, finishing 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA and a 110/46 K/BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings. This spring he has been utterly lost in eight innings of work, getting hit hard and exhibiting diminished velocity. A few days ago, the Tigers shut him down and said they’d work on his mechanics.

Now comes the news that no one wanted to hear: the Tigers have announced that Dr. James Andrews has recommended that he get Tommy John surgery.

Fulmer is said to be seeking a third opinion — before Andrews he had an MRI and team doctors feared the worst — but let’s be real about what’s gonna happen here: Fulmer is going to miss the entire 2019 season and, in all likelihood, a good chunk of 2020 as well.

Tough break for Fulmer, one of the few good pitchers the Tigers had developed in some time.