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Michael Fulmer content with bullpen role for Tigers

Michael Fulmer content with bullpen role for Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. — The second pitch of Michael Fulmer’s live batting practice session against hitters Wednesday morning sent Willi Castro swinging so hard that he fell over as he missed, leaving both of them laughing as Tigers teammates reacted.

It was an offspeed pitch as Castro went hunting for Fulmer’s fastball. It was a reminder how nasty Fulmer can be when he has his pitch selection working and how difficult he can be in small, adrenaline-filled doses.

“It felt good throwing that,” he joked afterward.

Not bad for his first session against hitters since last season ended. It’s cold back home in Oklahoma, Fulmer pointed out, and nobody wants to go outside and swing a bat against him.

On this same date a year ago, Fulmer was in camp competing with Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal for a spot in Detroit’s rotation. He was searching for his power fastball, struggling to throw strikes and taking out his frustrations in the weight room after a particularly rough outing. The…

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