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Michael Fulmer to visit Dr. James Andrews

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The Tigers have seen a lot of changes in the last couple of days, what with their De-Justification Program and all. Now they may be losing a player they actually want to keep: the Tigers just announced that Michael Fulmer had a recurrence of right elbow ulnar neuritis and, as a result, will go visit Dr. James Andrews.

Fulmer was placed on the disabled list with this malady in early August, missing a couple of starts. Since he came back on August 14 he’s been ineffective, allowing 16 runs — 14 earned — in 24.1 innings in four starts while walking nine and striking out 14. Oh, and he also kicked off a big brawl between the Yankees and the Tigers by hitting Gary Sanchez in retaliation for Sanchez taking him deep.

Last one left in Comerica Park turn the lights off, will ya?

Royals acquire Brian Goodwin from Nationals

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The Royals have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Nationals, the teams announced Sunday. The Nationals received minor league right-handed reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan in the deal.

Goodwin, 27, was working through his third campaign with the Nationals in 2018. He saw limited playing time in the outfield (mostly due to the trifecta of talent the club already had in Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton, and Juan Soto), and finished the first half of the season with a .200/.321/.354 batting line, three home runs, three stolen bases and a .674 OPS in just 79 plate appearances. The Royals, who appear thin on compelling center field options at the moment, are expected to utilize him on a more frequent basis once he’s added to the active roster.

The 23-year-old Condra-Bogan has yet to break into the majors with any team so far. He got his start in pro ball in 2017 with the independent Washington WildThings of the Frontier League and issued three runs, three walks and 15 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings before signing on with the Royals as a free agent. This season, he pitched to an impressive 2.08 ERA, 0.7 BB/9 and 13.5 SO/9 through 26 innings in Single-A Lexington before getting transferred to High-A Wilmington for a single appearance. The Nationals have not announced where he’ll be assigned for the remainder of 2018.