Detroit Tigers Roster
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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer(elbow) is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He was not expected to return until sometime after the All-Star break. However, the MLB season has now been delayed, which gives him extra time to recover. As a result, he should miss fewer starts. In turn, Fulmer's fantasy value should be boosted once the season eventually starts. It's still difficult to put an exact timeline in place, but we aren't necessarily avoiding the former All-Star in deep mixed drafts due to injury concerns. If he returns to form, he has immense value relative to his extremely late ADP, but don't expect him to be stretched out until much later in the season. He's mostly just a flier for those in deep mixed and AL-only leagues, as he still has a ways to go in his rehab and is pitching for a rebuilding team in the Tigers.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Joey Wentz(elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Florida. His expected timetable to return is 14-16 months. Wentz has been battling with forearm soreness for the past month. Still, this news comes as a big surprise. The Tigers acquired Wentz from the Atlanta Braves in a trade last July. Wentz was drafted 40th overall in 2016. In five starts at Detroit's Double-A level, he went 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA. Due to his injury, Wentz is only rosterable in deep dynasty leagues this season.
Detroit Tigers third baseman Dawel Lugo is being held out of Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves with a tight back. His absence is only precautionary, so the injury doesn't appear to be serious. Lugo is currently behind Jeimer Candelario on the depth chart. As it currently stands, Lugo is off the fantasy radar in most mixed leagues. The 25-year-old hit .245/.271/.381 with six homers and 26 RBI in 273 at-bats for Detroit last year.
Detroit Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones (calf) has been working out and running, and the plan is for him to play in a Grapefruit League game on Thursday. Jones should have time to get ready for Opening Day. The 27-year-old hit just .235/.310/.430 with 11 home runs, 26 RBI and seven steals for Detroit in 88 games in 2019. Even though he's expected to see most of the playing time in center field this year, Jones doesn't have much fantasy upside, especially for the rebuilding Tigers. At best, he's AL-only bench depth.
Detroit Tigers relief pitcherJoe Jimenez was officially named the team's primary closer by manager Ron Gardenhire on Tuesday. This is not surprising news. Jimenez took over as the closer last season after Shane Greene was traded to the Atlanta Braves. He performed well, picking up nine saves and a career-high 82 strikeouts. We would not expect him to replicate his 2018 pre-All-Star ERA of 2.72, but he is locked into the closer role and should receive the majority of the Tigers save opportunities. However, those opportunities will be limited in Detroit. Jimenez should be rostered in most leagues and is a nice late-round pick as a low-end closer if you need saves.