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Tigers’ Michael Fulmer likely out for season with knee injury

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A Monday MRI has shown meniscus damage for the starter

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After exiting Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Indians with a mere five pitches thrown, it was obvious that Michael Fulmer wasn’t doing well, even if he didn’t show signs of pain on the field. He had a brief confab with head athletic trainer Doug Teter and manager Ron Gardenhire, then exited the game.

It was announced later Fulmer was experiencing right knee inflammation. On Monday, he underwent an MRI and the results were not good, but also not unexpected. According to reports, Fulmer showed signs of meniscus damage. He will now go to see Dr. James Andrews for further assessment.

Thought there were no comments on a long-term prognosis, with only two weeks left in the regular season, it’s safe to say the Tigers won’t risk further injury by using Fulmer again in 2018, even if the damage was moderate enough to allow for it.