Fulmer to start again as Greene dealt slight setback

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Detroit Tigers pitcher Shane Greene

Detroit — The Tigers are planning on rookie Michael Fulmer making at least one more start for them, and possibly more.

Detroit is in a stretch of playing 16 games in 16 days.

And Shane Greene, on the disabled list with a middle-finger blister on his throwing hand, has had a slight setback.

Throwing this week, Greene split open the blister and will be out a little while longer.

"It wasn't severe," manager Brad Ausmus said before Friday night's series opener against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park.

"It's not like his finger fell off. He didn't need stitches."

Fulmer, the prized prospect acquired in last summer's trade of Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets, had a good first start in the majors, but struggled in start No. 2, a loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.

Ausmus said fastball command has to be better, but noted he has the arsenal to get major-league hitters to swing and miss — especially with the slider.

Fulmer could be a longer-term option for the bullpen this season, given his lack of a third pitch, the change-up. Then again, with Mike Pelfrey struggling so bad, Fulmer could theoretically be a candidate to replace him when Greene returns.

If not and Fulmer is replaced in the rotation before Greene is ready to return, lefty Matt Boyd could be the guy, having just thrown eight shutout innings in his last start at Toledo.

Daniel Norris, meanwhile, has struggled lately and pretty much all season, giving up four earned runs in three innings in his last start for the Mud Hens.

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