Tigers’ Fulmer pointing toward regular season
AL’s top rookie last year says injured ankle has healed.
AL Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer said his injured right ankle that cost him a start for the Detroit Tigers earlier this month is 100 percent and he’s on track to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Fulmer, making his second start since spraining the ankle during an agility drill March 4, gave up three runs and four hits in 3⅓ innings in a 3-0 loss Friday to the New York Yankees — a game in which Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka and two relievers combined for a no-hitter.
Fulmer threw 59 pitches. The Tigers had targeted him for 55 to 60.
“It’s a process,” Fulmer said. “I think today was another day that the results might have not been there but just building up pitch count right now. Just building up stamina, trying to be ready for opening day to go 100-plus pitches. That’s my main goal, to be 100 percent ready, 100 percent built up for my first start.”
Fulmer went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 26 starts last season. Marlins: The team is waiting to learn the extent of third baseman Martin Prado’s hamstring injury, including whether he’ll be available for opening day. Playing for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, Prado hurt himself running out a grounder in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s loss to Team USA. Prado immediately left the game and didn’t return.
Dodgers: The father of manager Dave Roberts died at age 68. Waymon Roberts served in the Marine Corps and was stationed in Japan when his only son was born on Okinawa in 1972. The younger Roberts’ childhood was spent moving from one military base to another before the family settled in San Diego. Roberts was replaced for Friday’s split-squad games by bench coach Bob Geren and Triple-A Oklahoma City manager Bill Haselman.
A’s: Outfielder Jake Smolinski had surgery on his right shoulder and will be in a sling for the next four weeks. The team said Smolinski had an arthroscopic procedure Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz., to repair his labrum and remove a bursa — a small, fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between the bone and surrounding tissue. Smolinski appeared in three games this spring, hitting .167 with a double and an RBI. He hit .238 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 99 games with the Athletics last year.
Orioles: Right-hander Logan Ondrusek, due to have his elbow examined next week by Dr. James Andrews, was released. Ondrusek agreed in December to a nonguaranteed $650,000, one-year contract. If doctors determine Ondrusek is injured, there might be a grievance arguing he should not be released but instead placed on the disabled list.
Rangers: Right-hander Andrew Cashner threw a 30-pitch bullpen session, his first in camp since being slowed by upper right biceps soreness. Manager Jeff Banister said he is unlikely to be ready for his spot in the rotation by the first week of the season.
Detroit’s Michael Fulmer threw 59 pitches in Friday’s spring-training game against the Yankees. He gave up three runs and four hits in 3⅓ innings.