Even thought he wasn’t offered an invitation to spring training, Corey Patterson signed a minor league deal with the Brewers on Monday. Assistant GM Gord Ash said he’s being penciled in as the left fielder for Triple-A Nashville.
Patterson had one of his best seasons with the Orioles in 2010, hitting .269/.315/.406 in 308 at-bats, but he fell off to .239/.273/.359 in 368 at-bats with the Blue Jays and Cardinals last season. The 32-year-old has a career line of .252/.290/.400 with 118 homers and 218 steals in 4,171 at-bats over 12 seasons.
If Patterson can return to the majors with Milwaukee, it will be his second stint with the club. He was 1-for-14 with seven strikeouts in 11 games for the Brewers in 2009.
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.