Chicago Cubs put former Detroit Tigers reliever on injured list

Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians – August 14, 2021

Detroit Tigers reliever Michael Fulmer (32) throws a pitch during their MLB game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park in Detroit, on Saturday, August 14, 2021. (Mike Mulholland | Mulholland |


The Chicago Cubs placed former Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer on the 15-day injured list Saturday with a right forearm strain.

The Cubs called up Jordan Hicks to take Fulmer’s place on the roster,.

Fulmer, who won the American League Rookie of the Year award with the Tigers in 2016, signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Cubs for 2023.

The 30-year-old righthander was a starter for the Tigers from 2016 through 2018, working through ulnar nerve transposition surgery in 2017. But after Tommy John surgery in 2019, Fulmer struggled as a starter in 2020, prompting the Tigers to convert Fulmer to a reliever.

In six seasons with Detroit, Fulmer was 32-43 with a 3.90 earned run average and 16 saves.

This season, Fulmer was 3-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 57 games. He struck out 63 in 56 1/3 innings, with one save.

The Tigers picked up Fulmer from the New York Mets in 2015, along with pitcher Luis Cessa, for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. In 2022, the Tigers dealt Fulmer to the Minnesota Twins for pitcher Sawyer Gipson-Long.

Gipson-Long, 25, is 7-7 this season at Double A Erie and Triple A Toledo, with a 3.96 ERA.

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