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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?

Max Scherzer, with broken nose, strikes out 10 Phillies over seven shutout innings

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Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.

Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.

Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.

Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.