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Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer will have Tommy John surgery, report says

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 10:29:59-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer will have Tommy John surgery, according to a report from MLB.com's Jason Beck.

According to Beck, Fulmer's third opinion on the injury confirmed what Dr. James Andrews had said, recommending the right-hander to have the surgery.

On Tuesday, the team announced that Andrews recommended the surgery, but said Fulmer was seeking a third opinion.

This all started last week after Fulmer told the team he had pain in his elbow after a bullpen session.

According to Beck, Fulmer called the news a "punch to the gut."

Tommy John reports the ulnar collateral ligament, and the recovery time takes at least a year, meaning Fulmer will likely miss the entire 2019 season and part of the 2020 season.

Fulmer pitched in 24 games last season but had a 3-12 record and a 4.69 ERA. His first year with the team in 2016 he was 11-7 in 26 games with a 3.06 ERA and 132 strikeouts.