Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer experienced dizziness last night

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The Tigers were holding a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning and Tigers rookie sensation Michael Fulmer was pitching, seemingly on his way to an easy win. Then Fulmer gave up a walk and a single. Then he hit Nori Aoki to load the bases. Then, two pitches later, Fulmer hit Leonys Martin with a pitch in almost exactly the same spot to force in a run.

Clearly Fulmer was not trying to load the bases and plunk-in a run in that situation. He was just lost, it seemed. Brad Ausmus immediately came out and got him after he hit Martin, and Fulmer lost out on his chance for the W, not having completed five innings of work.

After the game Fulmer explained what was bothering him. He felt both light-headed and dizzy from the first inning on:

“I was kind of fighting a bit of lightheadedness, dizziness. Just didn’t feel well after that first inning . . . I just woke up not feeling the best . . . just a little shortness of breath trying to catch my breath”

That’s a tad scary, but we all have days that aren’t our best. Thankfully for him the bullpen picked him up, not allowing any more than that one run Fulmer allowed and the Tigers won the game.

Here’s hoping Fulmer feels better and that this was just a matter of needing to be better hydrated or something.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.