Tigers shut down RHP Fulmer indefinitely

Right-hander Michael Fulmer was shut down by the Detroit Tigers for an indefinite period of time Thursday, one day before his next scheduled spring outing.”He took a step back to refine his lower-body mechanics,” manager Ron Gardenhire said, reading from a statement written on a legal pad, after the Tigers and Red Sox played to a 4-4 tie. “We have no timetable on when he’s going to get back on the mound.”Asked follow-up questions by a reporter, Gardenhire said, “We’re not going to go any further than that. We have to let him do his thing and let the trainers do their thing.”Fulmer, the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year, was not available for comment.Knee problems cut short his 2018 season in mid-September, as he finished 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA in 24 starts over 132 1/3 innings. He was expected to make a full recovery from a September surgery, the second on his right knee.