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Michael Fulmer may require season-ending surgery

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In this March 4 photo, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer walks off the mound during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Lakeland, Fla. Fulmer may need Tommy John surgery. The Tigers said Tuesday. [AP Photo/Chris O'Meara]
In this March 4 photo, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer walks off the mound during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Lakeland, Fla. Fulmer may need Tommy John surgery. The Tigers said Tuesday. [AP Photo/Chris O'Meara]

Surgery recommended for Michael Fulmer

Former Edmond Deer Creek hurler Michael Fulmer may require Tommy John surgery.

After being shut down by the Detroit Tigers last week to “refine his lower-body mechanics,” according to manager Ron Gardenhire, a more ominous diagnosis has come to light: Fulmer, the team’s ace right-hander, has been recommended to undergo elbow ligament reconstruction surgery.

Fulmer began experiencing soreness in his right elbow after a recent bullpen session. According to a release from the Tigers, after an MRI and a second opinion from renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, Fulmer was recommended to undergo Tommy John surgery. He is seeking a third opinion.

Minnesota Vikings resign kicker Dan Bailey

The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed former Oklahoma State kicker Dan Bailey to a one-year deal worth $1 million, a league source confirmed on Tuesday morning.

Bailey, whom the team signed to a one-year, $2 million deal after cutting Daniel Carlson in Week 2, made 21 of 28 field goals last season and all but one of his extra points.

His deal includes just $250,000 of guaranteed money, meaning the Vikings could make a kicker switch with few financial ramifications if the 31-year-old should struggle this season.

Kraft offered plea deal in prostitution case

Prosecutors in Florida have offered plea deals to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and 24 other men charged as part of prostitution stings that would allow the men to avoid criminal convictions in exchange for performing community service.

The plea offers made by the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office would require Kraft and the others to admit they likely would be found guilty in the event of a trial, perform 100 hours of community service, pay court costs and attend a class on the dangers of prostitution.

Commonly known as pretrial diversion or deferred prosecution, the offer is regular practice in cases such as this, involving nonviolent charges and defendants without criminal records, according to Mike Edmondson, spokesperson for the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office.

Wire reports

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