The hits just keep on coming.
For a team that has been ravaged by bad luck this season, the Tigers have just lost one more player. Michael Fulmer, who had suffered from repeated bouts of finger numbness due to an ulnar nerve issue, will miss the remainder of the 2017 season.
Fulmer is scheduled to undergo ulnar nerve transposition surgery, which has a recovery timetable of three to four months. It is anticipated he will be ready to play when spring training rolls around.
The Tigers have struggled mightily with health issues, having already declared Victor Martinez done for the year on account of his heart issues.
Fulmer himself is no stranger to season-ending injuries. Back in 2013 when he was with the Mets his season came to an end thanks to bicep tendinitis — this following issues with a torn meniscus.
With the season all be finished, the Tigers are smart to have Fulmer undergo surgery as soon as possible in order to get him back in pitching form by late February. This isn’t the best news the team could have received but at least the ulnar nerve surgery doesn’t have the same recovery time frame as something like Tommy John surgery, which would see Fulmer miss the entire 2018 season.