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MLB notebook: Tigers RHP Fulmer facing elbow surgery

(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, with Fulmer expected to completely recover for spring training. Fulmer consulted with noted orthopedic surgeon 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 innings than last season.

--The New York Yankees activated rookie Clint Frazier from the disabled list before their Monday game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field.

Frazier missed over a month with a strained left oblique and is returning a little over a week after Aaron Hicks was placed on the disabled list for the second time with an oblique injury.

Frazier originally joined the Yankees on June 30 after Dustin Fowler sustained a horrific knee injury crashing into a wall chasing down a foul ball in Chicago. In 28 games for the Yankees, Frazier is hitting .243 with four homers in 17 RBIs. He hit a walk-off homer against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 1.

--The Los Angeles Angels received mixed news on the injury front involving two of their starting pitchers.

Left-hander Andrew Heaney underwent an MRI exam that revealed no acute strain in his shoulder, but right-hander Alex Meyer will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a labral tear in his right shoulder, according to Angels general manager Billy Eppler.

Heaney is questionable to make his next start after exiting a Saturday night loss to Seattle due to tightness in his shoulder. Eppler said the exam showed symptoms more consistent with internal impingement.

Heaney, 26, is 1-2 with a 7.06 ERA in six starts this season. He underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2016 and did not make his season debut until last month. Meyer, 27, has been sidelined since July 19, when he beat the Washington Nationals by tossing seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball.

--Baltimore Orioles catcher Welington Castillo left the game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning after being hit by a foul ball in the first inning.

Castillo was struck in the groin area by a ball hit by Blue Jays catcher Miguel Montero. He remained in the game to finish the inning but was replaced by Caleb Joseph in the second.

Updated September 11, 2017

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