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Tigers shelve RHP Fulmer to work on mechanics

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LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer will not pitch in games in the near future, focusing on lower-body mechanics.

“He took a step back to refine his lower-body mechanics,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said after Thursday’s 4-4 tie with Boston. “We have no timetable when he’s going to get back on the mound.”

Gardenhire declined to provide additional details about the decision.

Fulmer won AL Rookie of the Year honors in 2016 but has struggled to return to that form. He was 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA last year, his season cut short in mid-September because of knee problems.

Outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, who had a bruised left hand, is scheduled to take batting practice Friday. Gardenhire said if soreness persists, Castellanos might be examined by doctors.

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Cubs SS Baez to have MRI on right heel

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CHICAGO — Though the Chicago Cubs don’t believe the injury is serious, shortstop Javier Baez is getting an MRI on his injured right heel as he’s not in the starting lineup for the second straight game.

Manager Joe Maddon indicated Baez told him on Monday he was still hurting.

“Just that it’s sore,” Maddon relayed before Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. “He keeps using the word sore. I just want to make sure that’s all it is.”

Baez was injured Sunday night against the Washington Nationals when he charged a ball and then threw awkwardly to first base in the bottom of the fifth inning. He left that game and hasn’t played since.

“I didn’t twist it or anything,” Baez said. “I just went too hard to the ground and me heel kind of got jammed a little bit … All the time I was running it didn’t bother me. When I got to the dugout it was kind of pumping a little bit. It’s just a bruise.”

Baez is hitting .319 and is tied for the team lead with 11 home runs. Addison Russell has started the last two games in his place.

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Brewers pull Yelich from lineup with back spasms

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Milwaukee Brewers slugger Christian Yelich has been scratched from Tuesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds with back spasms, the team announced.

Yelich was slated to play right field and bat second in the original lineup. He was instead replaced by Ben Gamel.

Yelich missed five games earlier this season after injuring his lower back on an attempted steal against the Mets on April 28.

Entering Tuesday’s games, the 27-year-old Yelich leads the National League in home runs (19) and stolen bases (9), is second in runs (40), third in RBIs (41) and is fifth in the league with a .325 batting average.

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Angels’ Simmons to IL, Ohtani will play vs. Twins

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The Los Angeles Angels are placing shortstop Andrelton Simmons on the 10-day injured list after an MRI on Tuesday revealed a Grade 3 left ankle sprain.

Simmons was hurt while trying to beat out an infield hit in the eighth inning of Monday night’s loss to the Twins.

X-rays were negative, but the MRI confirmed the Grade 3 sprain. Simmons will see a foot and ankle specialist Wednesday, the team said.

Also, Shohei Ohtani will play Tuesday night against the Twins after taking a ball off his right finger while swinging at a third strike on Monday against Minnesota.

Ohtani will DH and bat third for the Angels.

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