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.