Detroit Tigers place pitcher Michael Fulmer on 10-day injured list


AP Baseball Writer

CHICAGO — The Detroit Tigers placed right-hander Michael Fulmer on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a right shoulder strain.

The 28-year-old Fulmer hasn’t appeared in a big league game since May 30, and the IL move was made retroactive to Thursday.

“We’re very cognizant of his injury history and also just the difficulty in the pandemic year to this year,î” manager A.J. Hinch said. “And so we almost have to react this way in order to protect him and in order to protect us and give him a little blow. I mean that’s really what we view this as.”

Detroit also activated right-hander Jose Urena from the 10-day IL and brought up right-hander Jason Foley from Triple-A Toledo. Urena pitched five innings of three-run ball during Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the White Sox, his first game since May 26.

“All in all, being off for 10 days and just throwing a couple bullpens and not having a ton of activity as he was getting healthy, I thought he gave us a nice outing,” Hinch said.

Urena had been sidelined by a strained right forearm. The Tigers cleared the way for his return when they optioned infielder Zack Short to Toledo following Saturday’s 4-3 victory over Chicago.

Veteran outfielder JaCoby Jones was designated for assignment. He hit .170 in 36 games with the Tigers before he was optioned to Toledo on May 24.

Hinch said Jones could return to the organization if he clears waivers.

“Certainly for somebody that has been in the organization and has contributed in the organization, it’s been a difficult couple weeks for him,” Hinch said. “But hopefully he’ll bounce back, play well and get back in the big leagues.”

The 30-year-old Fulmer was a starter for his first four seasons in the majors, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award in 2016 and making the AL All-Star team in 2017. But he had been working out of the bullpen of late.

Fulmer is 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA in 16 relief appearances this year and 1-2 with a 4.97 ERA in four starts.

Fulmer, who missed the 2019 season after he had Tommy John surgery, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings during a 6-2 victory over the Yankees on May 30.

The 25-year-old Foley made his major league debut when he pitched a scoreless sixth inning Sunday. He hit two batters, but escaped the jam when Tim Anderson bounced out to first.

The hard-throwing Foley had no record and a 3.60 ERA in nine appearances at Toledo this year.