Tigers pitching prospect Kyle Funkhouser breaks foot on uneven sidewalk

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Kyle Funkhouser is out for the year after suffering an ankle injury while walking on an uneven sidewalk.

Tigers pitching prospect Kyle Funkhouser had barely tipped his toe in the competitive waters at Triple-A Toledo and then this happened.

The Tigers announced Tuesday that Funkhouser, the team’s fifth-best pitching prospect and seventh overall, will be out for the season thanks to a freak accident on his way back from the ballpark. He tripped over a stretch of uneven sidewalk and broke the fifth metatarsal on his right foot.

The injury requires surgery. The Tigers expect him to be ready for next spring training.

Funkhouser, 24, a fourth-round pick by the Tigers in 2016 after staying at Louisville when the Dodgers drafted him in the first round a year earlier, began the season at Double-A Erie before recently getting promoted to Triple-A Toledo.

Funkhouser compiled a 3.74 ERA in 17 starts at Double-A Erie, then had two rough outings at Triple-A Toledo. He gave up six runs with 10 walks in 8.2 innings. Overall this season, he struck out 96 in 97.2 innings, but also walked 49.

Funkhouser was the Tigers' No. 6 prospect entering the season, per MLB.com, then was bumped down by first overall pick Casey Mize. Funkhouser was not considered a strong candidate for a September callup, despite his recent promotion to Toledo.