July 21, 2018 / 4:08 AM / a year ago

Tigers put Fulmer on DL, Martin returns to lineup

Jul 14, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers have put right-handed pitcher Michael Fulmer on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, the team announced Friday.

The Tigers also activated outfielder Leonys Martin from the disabled list, optioned outfielder Mikie Mahtook to Triple-A Toledo and recalled pitcher Victor Alcantara from Toledo.

Fulmer was set to start Sunday against Boston, and was considered a top trade target for teams looking to add starting pitching. Now he is unlikely to be moved prior to the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline.

Fulmer, 26, was the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year and was slated to be Detroit’s ace entering this season, but he has struggled for most of the season, going 3-9 with a 4.50 ERA. In his last start on Saturday against the Astros, Fulmer allowed a season-high seven earned runs on 10 hits in a loss.

Martin started in center field for the Tigers on Friday, his first action since July 1 since he was sidelined with a left hamstring strain. He is hitting .257 with nine home runs and 29 RBIs.

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