Tigers shut down Michael Fulmer to work on mechanics

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Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports that the Tigers have shut down starter Michael Fulmer indefinitely. Manager Ron Gardenhire said, “He took a step back to refine his lower-body mechanics. We have no timetable on when he’s going to get back on the mound.”

Fulmer, who turns 26 years old tomorrow, has logged eight innings this spring. He’s allowed seven runs (all earned) on 11 hits and four walks with six strikeouts. Fulmer, the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year Award winner, had his worst season as a major leaguer last season, finishing 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA and a 110/46 K/BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings.

On the bright side, it doesn’t seem like Fulmer is suffering from an injury. The right-hander underwent his third right knee surgery last September, repairing a torn meniscus.

At the moment, Daniel Norris seems like the top candidate to replace Fulmer in the rotation, but the club is also having Spencer Turnbull stretch out as a starter.