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Tigers RHP Fulmer to undergo elbow surgery

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(TSX / STATS) -- Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair the ulnar nerve in his right elbow.

Manager Brad Ausmus on Monday said Fulmer's recovery time is three to four months and he is expected to completely recover for spring training.

Fulmer consulted with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Florida on Monday and surgery was recommended.

Fulmer tried to pitch through the pain after initially experiencing elbow discomfort in a July 31 start in New York. The 24-year-old missed two turns through the rotation and posted a 5.18 ERA in four more starts before getting numbness in his pitching fingers examined.

After winning the American League Rookie of the Year award last season, Fulmer was 10-12 with a 3.83 ERA in 25 starts this year. He has posted a 1.15 WHIP while totaling 114 strikeouts in 164 2/3 innings, which is 5 2/3 more than last season.

The Tigers initially acquired Fulmer from the New York Mets on July 31, 2015, when they traded outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Fulmer is undergoing a common procedure for pitchers. Last September, New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom had it and this season he has pitched 188 1/3 innings.

Updated September 11, 2017

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