Tigers rescue option in Toledo to make room for Carson Fulmer

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The Detroit Tigers selected right-hander David McKay at the team’s satellite camp in Toledo to make way for newcomer Carson Fulmer.

The move was announced after Saturday night’s game.

The Tigers claimed Fulmer of waivers from the Chicago White Sox earlier Saturday. The 26-year-old was the 9th pick in the 2015 Vanderbilt University Draft and was once a well-regarded pitching prospect.

McKay, 25, was claimed waivers from the Seattle Mariners last summer. He pitched well for the Tigers in 2019, hitting 29 batters in 19 innings while relying on a fastball in the mid-90s and a nice curve.

But the speed was down this year and McKay had some tough outings in summer camp. He walked a batter and allowed a home run on a brief outing in Friday’s season opener.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said it was difficult to demote a player after Saturday’s win.

“But McKay needs to find his locations. His breaking bullet is a little crazy. He needs to find his things and then he will come back, because he really helped us last year.

With the arrival of Fulmer, the Tigers now have 43 players on their 40-man roster, which means at least three players are likely to be on the COVID-related injury roster, which is not publicly disclosed. Left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris, outfielder Daz Cameron and infielders Isaac Paredes and Sergio Alcantara are among those who missed all or part of summer camp; Norris and Paredes have publicly admitted to testing positive for COVID-19.

40 MEN’S LIST PLAYERS (43)

Players in bold are on the active list

Left-handed pitchers (4): Tyler Alexander, Matthew Boyd, Daniel Norris (IL), Gregory Soto.

Right handed pitchers (16): Dario Agrazal, Beau Burrows, Anthony Castro, José Cisnero, Buck Farmer, Carson Fulmer, Michael Fulmer, Kyle Funkhouser, Bryan Garcia, Ron Garcia, Joe Jimenez, David McKay, Ivan Nova, Franklin Perez, John Schreiber, Spencer Turnbull.

Sensors (4): Eric Haase, Grayson Greiner, Jake Rogers, Austin Romine.

Infielders (11): Sergio Alcantara, Miguel Cabrera, Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro, Willi Castro, CJ Cron, Niko Goodrum, Quiet Lugo, Jordy MercerIsaac Paredes Jonathan Schoop.

Outfielders (8): Daz Cameron (IL), Travis Demeritte, Derek Hill, JaCoby Jones, Cameron Maybin, Victor Reyes, Christin Stewart, Troy Stokes Jr.

The Tigers are not disclosing the names of players on the list of COVID-related injuries, who do not count towards the 40-player list. LHP Daniel Norris, OF Daz Cameron and at least one other player are reportedly currently on the roster.

RHP Jordan Zimmermann is on the 45/60 day injured list and is not among the 40 players.

PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO THE TOLEDO SATELLITE CAMP (26)

Left-handed pitchers (2): Nick Ramirez, Tarik Skubal.

Right Handed Pitchers (9): Tim Adleman, Nolan Blackwood, Shao-Ching Chiang, Alex Faedo, Alex Lange, Matt Manning, David McKay, Casey Mize, Franklin Perez.

Sensors (3): Dillon Dingler, Brady Policelli, Jake Rogers.

Infielders (6): Sergio Alcantara, Willi Castro, Brandon Dixon, Isaac Paredes, Frank Schwindel, Spencer Torkelson.

Outfielders (3): Jorge Bonifacio, Travis Demeritte, Riley Greene.

MLB Roving Taxi Team (3): RHP Anthony Castro, C Eric Haase, DE Derek Hill.

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