Detroit Tigers right-hander Julio Tehran has been placed on the 10-day disabled list for a right shoulder strain after being pulled from his start on Friday.
Tehran was making his final bullpen pitches before Friday’s game against the Cleveland Indians when he felt tension in his right triceps. He told pitching coach Chris Fetter and manager AJ Hinch that he could pitch, but the team pulled him out to avoid further injury.
The move to the disabled list is retroactive to Wednesday.
The team replaced Tehran with left-handed reliever Derek Holland, who allowed three runs, including a two-run homer to Franmil Reyes in the first inning, in 2 2/3 innings during the 4-1 loss. p>
Given that Tehran is likely to miss at least one shift in the rotation, Michael Fulmer is expected to take his place. Fulmer pitched four innings against the Indians, allowing Reyes a solo home run and an infield single while striking out five.
Fulmer, the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year and 2017 All-Star, has been working his way back after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2019.
The 28-year-old was excited about the prospect of opening again.
“If necessary, yes. Obviously, it’s not my decision,” Fulmer said after Friday’s outing, the longest since 2018. “I’ll do whatever AJ needs. But I feel good. I feel like I’ve learned a lot of things. if I have to assume that position. “
In a related move, the Tigers called up right-hander Alex Lange, who has yet to pitch in the majors.
Tehran came to spring training as an off-roster guest with the Tigers. He beat Cleveland in his debut last week, allowing one run and four hits in five innings.
Tehran, 30, made nine starts for the Los Angeles Angels in the shortened 2020 season. He spent the previous nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.